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Church of the Brethren - GFI
The Honduras Comayagua program supports marginalized families living near the Cerro Azul Meambar National Park by providing them with training on improved animal management practices, nutrition, and marketing practices. Families are selected based on their poverty, access to a small amount of land to implement the animal project on, and interest. The entire family is then involved in training. After training, families receive livestock and are responsible for passing on the gift (offspring) at the end of the year. Animal management is focused on the breeding of chickens, pigs, tilapia, and in some cases, bees. With the exception of the bees, these are all used as important protein sources for the family and also provide some opportunities for generating income (both food availability and access). With the bees there is a well established local market for honey that local partner PAG has experience with. The nutrition training is focused on incorporating families with children under the age of 2 into PAG’s community health network, and families with children under the age of five receive nutrition training. Marketing is focused on creating a community led and managed small animal producers association that cooperatively markets products.
Raising Small Animals for Better Nutrition, More Income
Small-animal micro-businesses are helping 60 families in 12 communities in Central Honduras reduce child malnutrition and get ahead. Training and support for raising pigs, chickens, tilapia, and honeybees allows them to produce more food and supplement what they earn from wage work on area coffee, sugarcane and cattle farms. Planting small vegetable gardens improves their overall nutritional diversity and ensures food is available for good health year-round.
Participant families are selected on the basis of need, although they must have enough land around their homes and the means to build pens, ponds and other small infrastructure to house and feed the animals and plant gardens. The families receive follow-up visits from local partner staff.
Thanks to your generosity and support
- Families strengthen their food security by consuming the eggs, meat, fish, honey and vegetables they produce, and passing on the offspring of animals to share the benefits of better nutrition in the community
- Malnutrition in under-five children is decreasing because of the protein and vegetables in their meals
- Selling their products in new markets and community fairs brings in income to households of otherwise limited means
Honduras Comayagua Program
Led by Church of the Brethren and Local Partner Proyecto Aldea Global