WFP Director Pasqualina Di Sirio with Jose Trinidad Suazo Minister of the National Institute of Conservation and Forest Development. (Copyright:WFP/Juan Montes)
WFP Representative, Pasqualina Di Sirio, met with the Ministry Director of the Forest Conservation Institute (IFC), José Trinidad Suazo Bulnes, in order to strengthen the actions that IFC and WFP are developing together, through their Agro-Forestry and Climate Change Resilience Programme.
TEGUCIGALPA. –This programme is implemented through ICF in 45 municipalities in the dry departments of Choluteca, Valle, Francisco Morazán, El Paraiso, and La Paz. Its purpose is to generate social safety networks that involve provisional food transfers in areas where there is a lack of food security. Due to the harsh and arid climate of these departments the programme carries out a number of developmental activities. These activities were implemented to assist in generating assets. The protection of water sources, land conservation, water, and reforestation including nurseries of agroforestry plants, plantations of fruit/forestry trees, and family orchards are the target areas of these activities.
During the visit, the WFP representative contributed two vehicles and office equipment valued at more than US$25,000. The minister Suazo Bulnes was grateful for the donation. As were the employees of IFC, who lost all of their work equipment in a devastating fire that consumed the IFC facilities last April.
Verónica López Hernández is a 24-year-old single mother, who lives in the village of El Pescadito with her mother and children. In the coffee harvest season, she goes together with her eldest 6-year-old son, Henry, to gather the coffee at the nearby farms of their community.
Verónica receives LPS 1.50 ($0.07) per pound harvested, making a final cut of 40 pounds with the help of her young son, and making LPS 60.00 at the end of the day ($3.14.) When the coffee season ends, she looks for work washing clothes, where she is able to make in total LPS 50.00 ($2.62) for one day of work, but this is only for one time at the end of the week and is not a dependable job.