Canada-Honduras Value-Added Agroforestry Project (CAHOVA)
The Canada-Honduras Value-Added Agroforestry Project (CAHOVA) is a sustainable development initiative whose main objective is to improve the livelihoods of families who are members of agroforestry cooperative enterprises. The project will last five years and have a direct impact on 3,467 member families in 45 cooperative enterprises in 5 Honduran Departments (Francisco Morazán, El Paraiso, Comayagua, Santa Barbara and Atlántida).
The project will strengthen the skills of the cooperative enterprise member families by establishing one thousand hectares of coffee, cocoa and rambutan agroforestry systems and by promoting sustainable agricultural practices adapted to climate change.
In the cooperative enterprises, the project will also build capacity to process and market several agroforestry and forestry products aimed at supporting a 30 percent increase in sales for the coffee, cocoa, palm heart, rambutan, furniture, honey, pine resin and tilapia value chains.
The implementation strategy is based on a transfer of skills to men and women workers and to the board members and managers of the cooperative enterprises. It will also prioritize expanding membership and leadership by women and young people in the cooperative enterprises.
In addition, CAHOVA will support job creation for youth in rural communities to help lower youth migration to cities and other countries.
M. Serge Lantagne, Project Director (Honduras)
Mr. Richard Trudel, Program managerhttp://cahova.socodevi.org/