The MCA-Honduras Grant Fund
A Project without precedent in Honduras
Tegucigalpa.- Among MCA-Honduras activities and processes, the Program is currently pioneering several innovative methodologies and dynamic proposals. Along with the implementation of socially-oriented Resettlement Plans, the Program is innovating with the application of a “competitive” process to select beneficiaries of the Agricultural Public Goods Grants Facility (APGGF).
The selection of grantees started with the presentation of concept papers which, among other requirements, had to meet criteria related to their public or semipublic nature and aspects dealing with productivity and competitiveness enhancement, as well as with the expansion and increase of a market-based agricultural production.
José Albino Sánchez, técnico de MCA-Honduras, con representantes –Jorge Alcides Linares y Manuel Antonio Mejía- de uno de los organismos que presentó su propuesta formal.
From the 129 concept papers received, 21 have been selected to pass to the second phase. Pre-qualified institutions attended an inception workshop in which it was also possible to hold interviews with MCA-Honduras grant officers in order to obtain supplementary guidance and assistance regarding methodology, logistics, budgeting and project sustainability.
Since the public call launched in May, and within the Rural Development Project framework, MCA-Honduras has developed several activities addressed to facilitate access to the Grant Fund to public entities and NGO´s,
On August 17th -the deadline to submit formal projects- and out of the original 21 pre-qualified proposals, the following 18 were delivered to MCA-Honduras:
- FHIA: Declaration of the Lower Aguan Valley as an Area Free of the Mediterranean Fly.
- Adventist Agency for Development and Welfare Resources (ADRA): Community Irrigation Systems for Horticultural Production in the Department of Santa Barbara.
- SENASA: National Alertness and Phytosanitary Information System for Endemic and Exotic Plagues.
- Servicio Holandés de Cooperación y Desarrollo (SNV): Organización of a Horticultural Cluster in the Comayagua-La Paz Region.
- Proyecto Aldea Global: Marketing and Competitiveness among Horticultural Producers of the Celaque, Belen Gualcho and Ocotepeque Plateau.
- Technoserve (COCAFELOL): Construction of a coffee collective storage and processing facility.
- Winrock International: Management of Río Arauco Microbasin Management and Research on the Wild Blackberry Production System in La Esperanza.
- Zamorano: Increasing the Productivity and Income of Small and Medium Scale Farmers by Using Biological Control in Horticultural Production and Increasing Productivity and Sustainable Income of Micro, Small and Medium Honduran Agribusiness Processors.
- Association Brotherhood of Honduras: Strengthening the Unitarian Economy of Small Horticultural Producers in the Department of Ocotepeque.
- International Center of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT): Hillside Technology Options.
- Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock – Science and Technology Directorate: Strengthening of the Potato Germplasm Production Laboratory at the Santa Cruz Experimental Station in Marcala, La Paz, in order to Benefit Producers of the Potato value chain at a National level.
- Agronomic Center of Investigation and Education (CATIE): Co-Management of the Water Resources and Productive Systems in the Microbasin of the San Miguel River.
- Swiss Contact: Application of Information and Communication Technologies in a Dynamic Horticultural Market Intelligence System in Honduras.
- Honduras Coffee Institute – TRANSFAIR USA: Pilot Project for the Integration of a Value Chain of the Marcala Brand in Differentiated Markets.
- Honduras Coffee Institute: In-vitro Production of Clones of Coffe Arabica Hybrid by Somatic Embryogenesis.
- CHF International Honduras: Development of Crops Recently Adapted to the Conditions of the Municipalities of the Valle Department.
Budget for these initiatives exceeds the nine million dollars originally assigned to the Grant Fund, but projects to be financed shall meet all requirements established by the Agricultural Public Goods Grants Facility (APGGF) Manual approved by MCC.
It is expected that proposals to be selected and fully financed will help to improve productivity in the agricultural sector, and will assist in the development of methodologies and innovative initiatives. This will also allow the organization of qualified, efficient and socially committed implementing agents.
In order to be awarded funding, grantees will have de guarantee compliance with the criteria, procedures, environmental measures and other guidelines established by the Compact.