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