12 August 2011
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced Canadian support to increase food security in Honduras, especially children and those in the poorest regions of the country.
"The lack of access to safe and nutritious food is one of the major obstacles to reducing poverty in developing countries," said Prime Minister Harper. "Canada’s support will address immediate needs in Honduras, contribute to sustainable agricultural development and help to create the basis for prosperity."
The projects and programs announced today include support for the World Food Programme in Honduras, which focuses on school nutrition and reducing child and maternal malnutrition, and for the Food and Agriculture Organization, which aims to improve food security of vulnerable households in the poorest municipalities in Honduras. As a result of these programs, over 171,000 children and pregnant women will receive healthy foods, and 28,000 families will benefit from improved food security.
Other projects announced today include the Agriculture Value Chain Initiative, working with Honduran organizations to help increase the annual income of small-scale producers through improvements in productivity, quality, and diversity in the coffee and cacao sectors, as well as food security projects in the Choluteca and Rio Negro, and Nacaome and Goascoran Watersheds.
These projects continue to build on Canada’s Engagement in the Americas strategy and the Aid Effectiveness Agenda.