Indigenous Cooperatives Cultivate Success
IPS, 8 December 2011

INTIBUCÁ, HONDURAS: In the mountains of the department (province) of Intibucá at a height of 1,850 metres above sea level, some 101 families live in the villages of Monquecagua, Togopala, Dulce Nombre and Candelaria. These communities are home to the country’s poorest ethnic groups. Every day the small-scale farmers begin work at dawn, tending their potatoes, carrots, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage, cilantro and other vegetables. Maintaining their ancestral traditions, their plots always include maize and beans, the staple foods of Hondurans. A little over two years ago, they initiated an agricultural business value chain, and it has transformed their view of their future prospects. They were supported by the Access to Land Programme (PACTA – Programa de Acceso a la Tierra) of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and the state National Agrarian Institute (INA). Thanks to the quality and freshness of their produce, they are now regular suppliers of seven supermarket chains. This year they won the National Environmental Prize, in the community initiatives category. Read the article …