The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is sponsoring 19 innovative projects to reduce poverty and food insecurity in the Honduran dry corridor. These projects are led by young entrepreneurs who were selected through a competitive process and are receiving financial support, technical assistance, and mentorship for one year from a highly qualified team of experts.
Projects include a water collection and supply system powered by solar panels in a region affected by seasonal drought, a recirculating aquaculture system for sustainable farm-raised rainbow trout and tilapia in a region with a high rate of malnutrition, and organic farming that eliminates the middleman and connects local farmers directly with markets increasing their profits.
A team comprised of PADF, Universidad Technológica Centroamericana (UNITEC), and EUROSAN representatives visits the projects on a regular basis throughout the country – in Ocotepeque, Santa Barbara, El Progreso, El Paraíso, Marcala, Francisco Morazán, and Tegucigalpa – to measure progress and review budgets. Some of the projects are in an incubation phase, while others are in an acceleration stage. All will receive support in preparation for market launch, with review and testing of business models, sales strategy, and marketing plan.
This program is funded with the generous support of the European Union’s EUROSAN, with the aim to transform local communities into driving forces of their own development and food security.
Country Director – Honduras
Gloria Nelly Acosta
Director of Socioeconomic Development and Institutional Strengthening
Economic Opportunities Thematic Leader
Gloria Alicia Pinzón
Manager of Socioeconomic Development
Economic Opportunities Practice Area Leader