OpenIDEO is an open innovation platform. Join our global community to solve big challenges for social good. Sign Up / Login or Learn more

Efficient agricultural production through agroforestry systems

Protect the environment and increased farmers income through the use of sustainable agroforestry systems.

Photo of DeletedUser
1 1

Written by DeletedUser

Lead Applicant Organization Name

Fundacion Hondurena de Investigacion Agricola

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Researcher Institution

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

Independent producers Cooperatives Associations of producers

Website of Legally Registered Entity

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 10+ years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

La Lima, Cortes

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?


Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

Different agroecological zones in Honduras, specially the North coast, humid tropic. Applicable to tropical areas.

What country is your selected Place located in?


Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Work and live here for  30 years. Have done research with agroforestry systems for 30 years in-country at La Masica, Atlantida, at two research and demonstrative centers. Know the agroecological and social conditions of the area very well. 

Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

Honduras has a high poverty rate, mostly in the rural areas. Through the implementation of agroforestry systems it is expected to reduce slash-and-burn agriculture, increase farmers income, protect the environment, including soil, sources of water and biodiversity. FHIA's previous work indicated that through the use of agroforestry systems, farmers income are far superior to traditional agricultural methods, improve the environment and are resilient to the changing climate. Our systems have economic, social and environmental benefits that are sustainable and contribute to make farmers resilient to climate changes.

What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)


What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?


Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

Increase farmers income, reduction of poverty rates, reduce migration to other countries, improvement in the environment, resilience to climate changes. Improve farmers diet through the production of new crops and increase incomes. Permanent crops used in our agroforestry systems give farmers a sense of ownership, less motivation to invade neighbors and to migrate.

Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

Through changing traditional agriculture on hillsides, based on slash-and-burn practices, for the production of with the production of "new crops" in agroforestry systems, farmers income are greatly increased, the soil erosion in minimized, the water sources are protected and the biodiversity is increased.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

Increase income allows producers to improve housing, improve their plantations and have enough funds to educate their sons and daughters. We have seen drastic changes in many farmers' lives and communities in Honduras throughout the years.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

It is that, by continuing our field activities the quality of lives of farmers will greatly increase. The environment (soil, water and biodiversity) will be protected, through the introduction of new crops, increased incomes will allow a better nutrition and education for producers. The establishment of permanent crops gives farmers a sense of permanence, therefore, there will be les migration to other areas. New technologies will allow farmers to increase productivity and produce more in less area, avoiding deforestation.  

How did you hear about the Food System Vision Prize?

  • Website

1 comment

Join the conversation:

Photo of Constanza Castano

Hi @DeletedUser ! Thank you for publishing!

I share your positive dreams for Honduras and for tropical countries around the world. I am glad you became part of this Food System Vision Prize Community.

Please make sure you have reviewed your final submission through the Pocket Guide to support you through the final hours of wrapping up your submission. This will give you the most important bullet points to keep in mind to successfully submit your Vision.

Here is the link to the pocket guide:

All the very best for the Prize!

Un gran saludo,