HOI is partnering with the Government of Honduras to build a reservoir in the Agalta Valley. The project, which is currently under construction will bring huge benefits to both our Ranch and surrounding communities.
The lack of water supply for irrigation in the valley has been a major constraint for farmers in the valley for decades. With a new reservoir in place, farmers in these rural communities will be able to use water irrigation for their crops –which is currently not available. The water supply from the reservoir to these new water irrigation systems will allow farmers to learn how to grow higher harvest quantities, prevent loss during the dry season, provide opportunities for growing non-traditional crops, and reduce the number of livestock and domestic animal deaths, particularly during the dry season.
The project, which began early last year, is a substantial step forward for HOI in strengthening local communities over the long-term. New farming opportunities produced by the reservoir will lead to increases in agricultural production in the region and generate employment opportunities for families.
As part of this new partnership, HOI will host local farming trainings in drip irrigation, and techniques for planting and harvesting new crops. We are super excited about this new project, as it represents the beginning of new era in economic development for the Agalta Valley.
HOI plans to use the revenue generated from this partnership to reach our development goals for expanding our program areas. Look out for our annual report outlining these priorities soon!