Food security for the southern dry corridor (ACS-PROSASUR)


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More than 66% of Hondurans live below the national poverty line [1], and 46% are in extreme poverty. One in four children is undernourished, and is at risk of stunted growth. Considered to be among the countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change (based on a study covering the period 1997-2016) [2], poverty levels are found most acute in the Corredor Seco (Dry Corridor) with 58% of children under five suffering from chronic undernutrition [3].

ACS-PROSASUR is a five-year consortium project that started in January 2017, with the objective to uplift 12,000 households out of extreme poverty. Strategies range from searching for ways to increase agricultural productivity, to improving maternal and child health, including nutritional services and basic sanitation conditions for households. The project is supervised by the Government of Honduras through INVEST-H (Honduras strategic investments) and the World Bank, and receives funding from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP). It is being implemented by two consortia.

Organised in two clusters, the first is co-led by CARE and World Vision, which works in a total of 13 municipalities (combined) in the south of Francisco Morazan, north of Choluteca and east of El Paraiso. The second cluster, led by Creative Associates International, involves SNV, CIPE and El Zamorano, and is active in nine municipalities in Choluteca, and three municipalities in the south of El Paraiso.

Within ACS-PROSASUR, SNV carries out activities related to hygiene and nutrition: subcomponent 2.2 "Hygiene and Nutrition in the Home to improve the health status in homes". As part of its focus, SNV is:

  • introducing good sanitation and hygiene practices, based on the Sustainable Sanitation and Hygiene for All (SSH4A) integrated approach;
  • strengthening the principle of inclusivity in business design and planning; and
  • enhancing public and private partnerships around household-level hygiene and sanitation technologies such as: latrines, water filters, etc.

Six thousand households in 12 municipalities stand to benefit from subcomponent 2.2 of the ACS-PROSASUR. Overall SNV’s work helps create an environment where small investments become capable of financing equipment and infrastructure development. And, as a direct consequence, improve household health and nutrition.

 

 

Notes

[1] Instituto Nacional de Estadistica (INE, National Institute of Statistics).

[2] See Eckstein, Künzel and Schäfer (2018). Global Climate Risk Index 2018: Who Suffers Most From Extreme Weather Events? Weather-related Loss Events in 2016 and 1997 to 2016. Bonn: Germanwatch e.V.

[3] Instituto Nacional de Estadistica (INE, National Institute of Statistics).

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