“Backyard Gardens” Small Actions Providing Great Outcomes



As part of the gender strategy, currently implemented through the Project of Incentive for Horticulture Production and financed by the Millennium Challenge Account-Honduras, the Honduras Brotherhood Association (Hermandad de Honduras in Spanish) is working in the installation of 70 backyard gardens to be managed by women producers, members of the families benefiting from this Project in the Ocotepeque Department.

The project is starting with 30 backyard gardens in the communities of La Granadilla and Santa Efigenia, in the municipality of La Labor, and in the community of San Nicolas in the municipality of San Francisco Del Valle.

In Alliance with USAID-RED, a continuous training process is being developed in favor of the women producers, providing technical assistance and applying a “learning by doing” methodology, according to which a demonstrative backyard garden has been installed to teach beneficiaries the technical procedures to well manage their own backyard gardens.

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Women beneficiaries of the community of La Granadilla, La Labor, preparing the soil to sow the seeds.

Women beneficiaries participating in the organization of the demonstrative gardens, where they will be trained to manage their backyard gardens.

Mrs. Lidia del Carmen Mejía, planting the seedlings, in the demonstrative garden of the Community of La Granadilla.

By applying a “learning by doing” methodology and by implementing techniques under a staggered farming program, about 100 square meters have been planted in each garden with crops such as radish, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, parsley, cucumber, green pepper and aromatic herbs.

Production in these gardens will serve to initiate a marketing and distribution process in Municipal Fairs to be organized through the Project of Incentive to Horticulture Production in the municipalities of San Francisco del Valle and La Labor.

The objective is to create some extra income for the women producers as the result of their work, the profits will allow them to improve their family’s conditions and to get involved in the productive and commercial processes in the area. This program is being implemented in the Sensenty Valley Micro-Region, in Western Honduras.

 


2009. Millenium Challenge Account. Tegucigalpa, Honduras.

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