The Millennium Challenge Account - Honduras and CHF International Present the “WATER HARVEST “ PROJECT


Aramecina, Valle, July 30th, 2008.-  A recent event to launch the “Water Harvest” Project in Aramecina was recently held under the direction of the local mayor, Ms. Arminda Contreras; and with the attendance of Ms.  Daisy Avila, Director of MCA-Honduras Rural Development Project, and Ms. Chris Sale, Vice-president of CHF International. 

The event was held within the inauguration of construction works for the first reservoir which will have a storage capacity of 48 million liters to be used in the production of watermelon,

Members of the main table presiding the ceremony.


  corn, cucumber, calabash and green peppers, directly benefiting the families of 32 farmers currently living in the communities of Río Apasapo in Aramecina.  Works are to be completed within 60 calendar days.

The general objective is aimed to develop productive systems with crops (new or existing ones to be improved) adaptable to the environmental conditions of seven municipalities of the Valle Department (Aramecina, Caridad, Goascorán, Langue, Alianza, Nacaome and San Francisco de Coray).  The supplemental irrigation system will be based on collective “water harvesting” mechanisms.

In order guarantee the agricultural production of small farmers currently incorporated in this system, the “Water Harvest” Project is oriented to develop a series of conditions and production processes articulated under an innovative approach, focused on appropriate technology and the efficient use of water.  Water harvesting consists in the collection of rain water from the winter streams.




Each system includes, on one hand, the studies, design and execution of hydraulic works for the collection, storage and construction of conduction lines; and on the other hand, it incorporates the development and adoption of supplemental irrigation systems for the parcels of every farmer.  To this end and in order to assist the men and women farmers, local authorities have committed resources allocated to the municipalities through the Poverty Reduction Strategy.


Partial view of attendees to the event.


The project´s goal is to develop sustainable production systems guaranteeing the efficient use of water and productivity for 180 men and women farmers in 90 hectares, in order to secure first and second production cycles and to increase performance in about 20%.

The acts were presided by  Luciano Alvarado, President of the Water –Council of Río Apasapo Project, and Mario Noboa, the Project´s manager.  Attendees also included representatives of the local civil society and beneficiaries of the project, who expressed their contentment for the project being executed in the area.


The event also served to inaugurate the first water harvesting system in Aramecina. Daisy Avila, Director of MCA-Honduras Rural Development Project cutting the ribbon.




2009. Millenium Challenge Account. Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

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