In the case of CATIE’s Honduras National Technical Office, we must view project implementation in its different phases, dividing them into those performed during 2012 that include five projects ranging from sustainable land management to innovations with vegetables, and the implemented project phase starting in 2013.

Year 2012. CATIE-MAP-NORWAY I Project. In 2012, the first phase of CATIE-MAP-Norway I was closed out. This had served as an instrument of internal integration as well as territorial, sub-national, national and regional (Central America) integration. Under this program we closed out the following projects:

1. Sustainable Land Management (MESOTERRA). Led by the Multirubros Field School with a contribution to the livestock value chain, especially in the area of the Copán Ruins, with the Mancorsaric Commonwealth.

2. Central America Cocoa Project. Contributed to improving cocoa production units in Cortés and part of Atlántida, working on the entire agroforestry management process and the improvement of the plant material developed by CATIE. Work was done in conjunction with the Cocoa Producers Association (APROCACAHO) to organize field schools and with the Honduran Agricultural Research Foundation (FHIA), which manages a duplicate of the cacao collection that CATIE has at its headquarters. Clonal cacao gardens were established to evaluate 14 cacao plots planted with six varieties of cacao for high yields, disease tolerance, and good quality chocolate. The varieties were selected by CATIE and established in Honduras. APROCACAHO-CCP began the establishment and strengthening of communal nurseries in communities of cacao growing families of the Department of Cortes (Omoa, Cortes and Choloma) for the propagation of cacao plants grafted with the six varieties selected by CATIE so they could begin improving their farms.

3. Innovations in Coffee Project. This contributed to the coffee sector in matters of regionalization of brands and qualities, social organizational process, as well as the development of specialized programs for the IHCAFE technical team. It supported the Farm Administrators School developed by IHCAFE for the workbooks on topics of productive assessment, summer pests, pests and diseases, assessment of shade on coffee farms, coffee agroforestry systems, control of berry borers, analysis of costs with families, quality and coffee milling. A methodology was also developed to prepare a strategy for climate change for the coffee sector with IHCAFE. This methodology has raised awareness about the impact of climate change on coffee production. It has also disseminated information and clarified concepts about the impact of climate change on coffee production and investigated the perception and knowledge of organizations and local producers about the impact of climate change on coffee. In order to gather information, six regional participatory workshops were held. Invited to the workshops were participants from producer associations, the state and universities. Finally a National Climate Change and Coffee Forum was held in which preliminary information from the regional workshops was presented and progress was made on analyzing it to make decisions for the strategy.

4. Vegetables Innovations Project. Contributed to improving production by developing agroecological capabilities in partners.

Year 2013. CATIE-MAP-NORWAY II Project and Forests and Forest Management in Central America Project (Finnfor). These two projects enter their second phases in which they will strengthen the construction of the Climate-Smart Territory Model.

Encino Pine Project, TNC-GEF in Olancho. This is working in the territory of the municipalities of Salamá, Campamento, Jano, La Unión, Silca and Gualaco, reviewing and adapting procedures and regulations for forest management with prescriptions for biodiversity; and developing incentives to promote biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services in forest management. One important element is the strengthening of platforms.

It works with the Secretariat of Planning (SEPLAN):

1. The Territorial Development Plan with a Territorial Land Management Approach for Region 14, the middle Lempa River basin. It has supported capacity building for participation in regional venues such as the Regional Development Council and its Permanent Technical Unit.

2. The Mapping of Opportunities for Climate Change Mitigation in Regions 01, the lower Chamelecón and Ulua river basins; Sula Valley and 04, Valle de Lean from the Nation Plan / Country Vision.

Other projects for 2013.

Research project “Building capacity for agricultural resilience to climate change in Central America”, USAID. This is developed in the Honduras Trifinio territory of Ocotepeque and Mancorsaric.

Soil characterization project. In the Guacerique and Conception, Lepaterique, Santa Ana and Tegucigalpa sub-basins under a TNC-CATIE agreement.

Partnering with the Food Security Project (PRASA). Oxfam Quebec project to design seven municipal management plans in the Guacirope and San Juan sub-basins of the Goascoran River basin, as a contribution to region 13 of the Gulf of Fonseca.