A cacao tree with evident seed pods. Credit: Paul Bolstad, University of Minnesota

Project Name:
Nurseries and Plantation Care in Yoro and Santa Barbara, Honduras

Yoro and Santa Barbara, Honduras

Key Activities:

  • Planting 25,000 hardwood and coffee trees on forest plantations
  • Restoring lands degraded by unsustainable agricultural practices
  • Providing education and training to local farmers in rural communities

Project Description:
American Forests and Fundación Cosecha Sostenible de Honduras (FUCOHSO), an affiliate of Sustainable Harvest International (SHI), are planting 25,000 trees across 173 acres of degraded agricultural land.

Why This Project:
Like much of Central America, Honduras struggles to maintain its natural resources. Forests have been cut down and topsoil depleted through traditional agricultural practices. Planting hardwood, fruit and coffee trees on degraded plantations can help farmers reclaim land productivity while providing more food and environmental protection for rural communities.

Why Sustainable Agriculture?
In the past, farmers in Honduras have used unsustainable agricultural practices, such as slash-and-burn farming, to make a living. However, these farming techniques severely degrade the land, causing soil erosion, drought and a loss of biodiversity. In addition to mitigating these problems by planting more trees, this project is also providing training to subsistence farmers on ways to protect their land and practice sustainable farming.

In order for agricultural practices to be considered sustainable, they should ensure food security, efficiently use natural resources and avoid degrading the land. Planting trees near farmland helps Hondurans practice more sustainable farming methods because trees decrease soil erosion and increase the fertility of the land. Using sustainable farming methods also reduces deforestation and ultimately increases the economic and environmental security of the region.

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