Enhancing Food Security through Information and Communication Technologies in Honduras

Honduras has one of the highest rates of food insecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean (just behind Haiti and Nicaragua). Although small-scale subsistence farming accounts for more than 60% of national food production, small-scale producers have the country's highest rates of poverty and malnutrition. Some of the barriers faced by smallholders in Honduras include social marginalization and isolation, low agricultural productivity, poor crop quality, and limited access to information.

This project will explore the potential of information and communication technologies to increase agricultural production and improve food security in the Honduran departments of Olancho and Francisco Morazán. Researchers will carry out pilot field studies to test various information and communication tools that hold the potential of improving food availability, food access, use, and stability. They will also study ways of expanding successful options throughout the country using strategies for effective policy influence. Because many families in the target areas are headed by women (due to male emigration), women will be specifically targeted in activities related to food habits and nutritional practices.

Working closely with governmental representatives, researchers will make effective use of the highly favourable political environment. Positive elements in place include a governmental initiative to declare food security a national priority, the creation of structures and operational instruments to support national food security, and prior approval of the government's National Food Security and Nutrition Policy 2006-2015. In alignment with these governmental commitments, this project will enable researchers to provide policymakers with practical and sustainable solutions that directly respond to national food security goals and priorities.

Project ID

107142

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Sunday, July 1, 2012

End Date

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Duration

30 months

IDRC Officer

Larrousse, Delphine

Total funding

CA$ 419,400

Countries

Honduras, North and Central America, South America, Haiti

Program

Agriculture and Food Security

Project Leader

Raquel Isaula

Project Leader

Manuel Villa

Institution

Red de Desarrollo Sostenible de Honduras

Institution Country

Honduras

Institution Website

http://www.rds.org.hn