Farmers Training and Development Activity (FTDA)
A successful experience in the commercial production of vegetables




Tegucigalpa.- The Farmers Training and Development Activity (FTDA) implemented by MCA-Honduras was included in the study formulated by FAO and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (SAG for its Spanish acronym) regarding successful experiences in designing and implementing coordinated strategies involving production and marketing as part of the horticultural value chain.  The study took the example of the cucumber producers of El Ocotal in Francisco Morazán.

The small producers started with a program aimed at producing  3,000 cucumbers per week, and in 15 months the have achieved a weekly yield of 30,000 cucumbers, as well as of other rotating crops. As part of the assistance granted by FTDA, it has also been possible to establish a successful network among suppliers, formal buyers and carriers.

During the workshop held to present the study,  Andrew Medlicott, FTDA Director,


Juan Carlos Urquia, a leader farmer of MCA-Honduras .


presented the scope and objectives of the Program.  Nelson Galindo, one of FDTA specialists, emphasized aspects regarding technical assistance, farmers participation, and technology modification.

Juan Carlos Urquía, one of FTDA beneficiaries, presented the specific changes, results and advantages obtained  through  the work developed with MCA-Honduras,  specifically regarding the technical assistance and training being provided.

Attendees to the workshop included representatives of NGO’s and programs operating within the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.






2009. Millenium Challenge Account. Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

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