Doña Esperanza waters some of the 28 species of plantlets grown in El Pacifico Nursery. (Copyright: WFP/Hetze Tosta)
Single Honduran mothers receive assistance from the Honduran authorities and the WFP to maintain this nursery that they have as a result to generate the economic resources to maintain their families and protect the environment. “We are pleased with this project because it will improve the lives of our families and communities,” says Neptali Amador, Marcovia City Council Member.
“El Pacifico,” a nursery with an area of 1,500 square metres and the capacity to hold more than 1.5 million plantlets, is located in the department of Choluteca, an area with high food insecurity rates.
This nursery aims to ensure food security for 650 families (more than 3,200 people) where single mothers who have limited economic resources and who are the heads of their households, as well as elderly people are in charge of caring for a nursery, which includes watering and planting of seedlings and performing other subsequent reforestation processes. The programme offers them technical assistance, training, equipment and other supplies.
The production of over 384,000 plantlets (per three-month turn) offers many benefits for the communities: reforestation, forest protection, soil conservation, recovery of water sources, protection of vulnerable areas, diversification of agroforestry products (fruit trees, firewood, timber species) for vulnerable households, and proper soil conservation.
The “Agroforestry and Adaptation to Climate Change” Programme is a strategic alliance between the National Forest Conservation Institute (ICF), The Mayor of Marcovia's Office and the World Food Programme, where the beneficiaries take part of WFP´s “food-for-assets” programme.