Socio-Economic Study of an Implemented Agroforestry Project with Small Scale Cocoa Producers in Honduras

Kupferschmied, Karent Paola; Fromm, Ingrid; Rouanet, Arthur (2018). Socio-Economic Study of an Implemented Agroforestry Project with Small Scale Cocoa Producers in Honduras Ceiba, 55(1), pp. 28-37. Zamorano Academic Press 10.5377/ceiba.v55i1.5449

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The general knowledge about cocoa, the genetic traits of Honduran cocoa, and the particular environmental conditions of the country has been driving the interest of several organizations and countries to encourage sustainable cocoa production. In October 2014, the Fundación Hondureña de Investigación Agrícola (FHIA) reported 4,463 ha of cocoa planted nationwide. Seeking for environmental and economic alternatives, Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation has strengthened since 2009 the Honduran Association of Organic Cocoa Producers from Olancho (APROSACAO) with private investment from Chocolats Halba Coop Group and Pur Projet since 2012. The reforestation program was initiated in order to increase carbon sequestration and ensure the future producers’ revenues through the marketing of legal wood. The objective of the study was to identify the socio economic impact of the agroforestry program APROSACAO/Pur Projet among cocoa producers. For the purpose of the study, data from 55 producers living in 5 villages in Olancho was collected. The results indicated that there is no direct effect in the income or cocoa yield improvement. Nonetheless, cocoa producers report more income than expenses. In addition, there is a positive influence of the agroforestry program on food security and cocoa producers’ contribution to the environment and future generations.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > Consumer-focused food production
School of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences HAFL > HAFL Hugo P. Cecchini Institute

Name:

Kupferschmied, Karent Paola;
Fromm, Ingrid and
Rouanet, Arthur

Subjects:

S Agriculture > SB Plant culture
S Agriculture > SD Forestry

ISSN:

0008-8692

Publisher:

Zamorano Academic Press

Language:

Español

Submitter:

David Zimmer

Date Deposited:

12 Feb 2020 08:43

Last Modified:

22 Sep 2020 07:32

Publisher DOI:

10.5377/ceiba.v55i1.5449

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Organic cocoa, Agroforestry systems, Olancho, Cooperative

ARBOR DOI:

10.24451/arbor.8183

URI:

https://arbor.bfh.ch/id/eprint/8183

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