Honduras: Thousands of Families Hit by Coffee Rust to Receive WFP Support
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Published on 1 July 2013

Asterio Reyes, President of the Honduran Coffee Institute and Miguel Barreto, WFP Representative. (Copyright: WFP/ Hetze Tosta).

An estimated 100,000 jobs across Honduras have been lost as a result of the current Coffee Rust plague. A WFP-AHPROCAFE-IHCAFE partnership aims to assure the food security of coffee producers and their families who were left vulnerable due to the Coffee Rust.

TEGUCIGALPA.- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) signed a cooperation agreement with IHCAFE (the Coffee Institute of Honduras) and AHPROCAFE (Association of Honduran Coffee Producers) to support small coffee farmers who were affected by the Coffee Rust crisis.

Thanks to this partnership more than 8,300 families (approximately 42,000 people) living in 61 municipalities in the departments of Comayagua, Copan, El Paraíso, Francisco Morazán, Intibucá, La Paz, Lempira, Ocotepeque, Olancho, Yoro and Santa Barbara will benefit through the implementation of food-for-work activities to promote the rehabilitation of crops that were affected by the Coffee Rust.

These families represent 20% of the producers in the most vulnerable municipalities, where more than 1,254 Metric Tons of food will be distributed at an estimated cost of over USD1.3 million.

Beneficiary Selection Process
The selection process for beneficiary families was carried out considering families whose crops have been affected by Coffee Rust by at least 30%, with a crop area of less than 5.9 acres, whose incomes are solely based on coffee production, and whose members are children under five years of age, pregnant women, nursing mothers, the elderly, people with disabilities, and people who have lost their opportunities of employment and are now in food insecurity.

The Coffee Rust struck around 168,000 acres out of the 672,000 acres of coffee plantations in Honduras, according to IHCAFE.

For the current 2012-2013 harvest, Honduras will produce 8 million quintals of coffee (worth USD1.5 billion), but up to 1.8 million quintals will be lost due to the Coffee Rust.

Currently IHCAFE has 111,138 registered coffee producers in Honduras, who own an average of 5.9 acres per producer. Of these, 92% of the coffee grower families own less than 5.9 acres.

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Hetze Tosta

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Hetze has 16 years of experience in strategic planning, visibility and information materials. She has worked in radio, television, newspapers, and as a consultant on communication and training.