Project profile — Empowerment of Women for Climate Action in Honduras


FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (41301)
2018-03-28 - 2023-12-31
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Honduras (100.00%)


• Government And Civil Society, General: Women's rights organisations and movements, and government institutions (15170) (15.00%)
• Business And Other Services: Business support services and institutions (25010) (15.00%)
• Forestry policy and administrative management:
Forestry policy and administrative management (31210) (25.00%)
Forestry development (31220) (25.00%)
• Biosphere protection:
Biosphere protection (41020) (10.00%)
Bio-diversity (41030) (10.00%)

Policy marker 

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


The project aims to improve the quality of life of rural and indigenous women and youth whose livelihoods depend on forest resources in 12 municipalities of Western Honduras. It seeks to improve the governance for the conservation and sustainable management of the forest and its associated biodiversity, led by rural and indigenous women and youth. The project also seeks to increase the economic empowerment of these women and youth by helping them to use forest resources and biodiversity in alignment with municipal climate change and development plans. Project activities are expected to benefit 60 women’s and youth organizations and 2,000 families. Project activities include: (1) building local governments’ capacities to increase women’s participation and leadership in natural resources management, environment and climate change decision-making bodies; (2) providing technical assistance in the establishment of municipal economic development strategies related to natural resource management and climate change; (3) providing technical assistance to women’s organizations in developing community supportive services (i.e. child day-care centers) and providing training on gender equality legislation, natural resources management and climate change; (4) providing technical assistance to entrepreneurial women in improved conservation and sustainable use of forest resources, and in entrepreneurial management skills; (5) promoting short agroforestry value chains for local urban markets and highly specialized markets and services; and (6) promoting the adoption of innovative and time-and effort-saving technologies by entrepreneurial women.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) improved governance in the management of forest resources, by targeted municipalities, with increased participation of rural and Indigenous women and youth; and (2) increased economic empowerment of 2,000 rural and Indigenous women and youth organized in Forest Farm Producer Organizations in line with municipal climate change plans.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of December 2021 include: (1) assessed Municipal Development Plans and Municipal Investment Plans of eight participating municipalities to guide an update that addresses gender equality, natural resources management, climate change and economic empowerment of women and youth; (2) 57 Forest and Farm Producer Organizations (FFPO) have developed business plans; (3) 779 (499 women) representatives trained in Market Analysis and Development to prepare business plans for their economic and productive initiatives; (4) established 24 forest nurseries to restore and reforest 111 hectares of degraded land areas; and (5) absorbed 414 tons of CO2 (tCO2)using climate-smart technologies and agricultural best practices, and potentially absorbed 27,457 tCO2 due to reforestation activities.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $0
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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