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Increasing the competitiveness of small producers and forest communities in Honduras

  • Published on February 12, 2019
This project aims to increase the competitiveness of forest communities and small producers of cocoa, coffee, rambutan, and timber products; it contributes directly to the national-level efforts aimed at achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly those related to the national framework and strategy to advance SDG-12: Responsible Production and Consumption.
Within the market access component, a subcomponent has been included, whose objective is to increase market opportunities for sustainable value chains through the tourism sector. This subcomponent supports the project to achieve the objectives related to the increase of sales, the development of new products, the creation of employment, market alliances, and the participation of women in the value chains of cocoa, coffee, rambutan, and wood, through the participation of the tourism sector as an engine of conservation and generation of sustainable livelihoods in rural landscapes. Component 1. Organization and preparation of SMEs It is aimed at identifying and preparing micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), producers of cocoa, coffee, rambutan, and forest products to connect them with financing sources and break barriers to access them. Component 2. Technical assistance for SMEs The Rainforest Alliance, together with local partners such as the Institute for Cooperation and Self-Development (ICADE), implements technical assistance for companies producing cocoa, coffee, rambutan, and forest products. Component 3. Access to financing Executed by the Honduran microfinance lender Family and Environment (FAMA-OPDF), based on a fund co-created with the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), for the placement of loans to beneficiaries of the four value chains. Component 4. Alignment for scalability It seeks to strengthen the efforts of the Honduran government to attract climate funds to the country, such as an investment plan for the Forest Investment Program (FIP) and proposals for the Green Climate Fund. Expected beneficiaries 30 micro-, small and medium-sized enterprises producing cacao, coffee, rambutan, and wood that bring together 2,706 families, with the participation of about 1,995 men and 711 women, including indigenous communities. Strengthening sustainable procurement commitments in at least 30 tourism companies committed to rural development, as well as local institutions working on sustainable production and consumption in the tourism sector. In addition, three leading territorial councils of productive undertakings will be accompanied in their processes of governance, management, and conduction of their timber and agricultural production entities.
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