Project profile — CAHOVA: Increasing Sustainable Productivity of Value-Added Agroforestry


SOCODEVI - Canadian Cooperation Society for International Development (CA-CRA_ACR-3104918610)
2016-09-12 - 2021-08-31
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Honduras (100.00%)


• Agriculture: Agricultural co-operatives (31194) (19.11%)
• Forestry development:
Forestry development (31220) (25.00%)
Forestry education/training (31281) (25.00%)
• Industry: Small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) development (32130) (30.89%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (significant objective)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The Canada-Honduras Value-Added Agroforestry project (CAHOVA) supports the social and economic development of associative enterprises and the expansion of markets for agroforestry products. It seeks to help low-income members of 38 associative enterprises to diversify their product lines in eight profitable agroforestry sectors: cocoa, coffee, honey, heart of palm, tilapia, tropical wood, furniture and pine resin. The project also seeks to improve production techniques on at least 1,000 hectares, and bring to market high-value agroforestry products. Activities are expected to generate income and sustainably improve living conditions of 9,000 direct beneficiaries, including 4,000 women, and 54,000 indirect beneficiaries. The associative agroforestry enterprises supported by the project are located in the departments of Francisco Morazán, El Paraíso, Comayagua, Santa Barbara and Atlántida.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) increased and sustainable profitability of productive activities of members of agroforestry associative enterprises, particularly for women and young people; and (2) increased and sustainable processing and marketing of agroforestry products, carried out by the associative enterprises.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of the end of the project (August 2021) include: (1) 2,161 families implemented profitable and sustainable activities; (2) established 900 hectares of agroforestry systems for 1,300 beneficiaries with the planting of 405,988 coffee, cocoa, and rambutan. Also planted 45,582 avocado and timber trees and 46,880 Musaceae plants; (3) women participate in economic decision-making in 1,070 families; (4) production increases achieved in seven of the eight agricultural value chains includes: over 527% in cocoa; over 51% in the transformation of coffee; over 15% in pine resin; over 71% in rambutan; over 2,296% for wood; over 96% for honey and over 212% for tilapia; (5) 18 associative enterprises achieved 30% growth in sales through sound environmental practices. This growth is despite difficult conditions due to the pandemic and the tropical storms ETA-IOTA; (6) associative enterprises have 40% women and 33% young people in management positions; (7) trained 1,122 women and they felt more confident speaking in public; (8) 2,399 Gender Equality pacts signed between the membership and their associative enterprises; and (9) 300 Free of Violence Life pacts signed by families.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $2,380,828
Planned disbursement $0
Transaction Date Type Value
16-07-2021 Disbursement $443,390
15-03-2022 Disbursement $299,576
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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