Ernestina Martinez, a small coffee producer of Ojo de Agua, shows the typical pale, yellow spots of Coffee Rust, also known as "Roya". Through a food-for-work programme, Ernestina is clearing her farmland of infested crops and is setting up a nursery with Coffee-Rust resistant seedlings, which in 2 years will produce coffee.
Roger Pineda (center) and Mario Lopez are the chairmen of the Rural Boards of Ojo de Agua and El Naranjo, respectively. In this photo, both farmers weigh the rice ration of coffee producer Ernestina Martinez, a widow and mother of eight children.
Besides clearing their farmlands through food-for-work activities, small coffee producer also create nurseries where they plant seedlings, such as this one. This nursery has 20,000 seedlings that are Coffee-Rust resistant. It will take at least two years for this seedlings to fully grow and produce coffee.
Some 1,400 producers in the department of Copan received their food rations as part of food-for-work activities. Food-for-work activities allows farmers and their families to receive food rations in exchange for restoring their land, planting coffee seedlings for future crops and alternative crops, such as maize.
Coffee producers in the department of Copan get organized to transport family food rations to their communities. WFP signed an agreement with the Association of Honduran Coffee Producers (AHPROCAFE) and the Honduran Coffee Institute (IHCAFE) to assist the families living in 61 municipalities through food-for-work activities, which promote the rehabilitation of farmlands, and help farmers grow alternative crops.
WFP Representative in Honduras, Pasqualina Di Sirio, visited coffee plantations and small producers affected by Coffee Rust, also known as "La Roya". In this photo, Di Sirio speaks with producer Ernestina Martinez, a 52-year-old widow, who planned to migrate to find job following the loss of her coffee crops. Ernestina changed her mind after she began receiving WFP food rations as part of food-for-work activites.
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