The European Union (EU) and the Government of Honduras will finance with more than 2.6 million dollars eight projects aimed at improving food and nutrition in the Central American country, a diplomatic source reported Tuesday.
The innovative solutions were selected from a total of 173 ideas presented in the "EUROSAN INNOVA" contest, launched in Honduras in August 2018.
The head of cooperation of the European Union in Honduras, David Mogollón, told Efe that the projects awarded on Tuesday are looking to "collect innovative ideas" that help boost food security in the country.
"We see that there have been many years of investment and support from donor agencies that have not always brought the results or the impact we would have wanted," he said.
Among the innovative ideas, projects aimed at the production of therapeutic milk for malnutrition in children under 5 years stand out; bioplastics; quality water with solar energy and virtual markets.
A food production project with coffee by-products is added; family hydroponics; medical consultations through digital media and aquaponics.
Mogollón said he hopes that the new projects will have "a very important impact" in the medium and long term to improve the food security of Hondurans.
The ideas are an "additional contribution" to the initiatives undertaken by the Honduran government so that the country has an adequate regulatory framework that allows "laying the necessary pillars" to reduce poverty and improve food and nutrition security, he said.
The contest was financed with 2.4 million euros (more than 2.6 million dollars) by the European Union and the Technical Unit of Food Security and Nutrition of Honduras, and the winners will have to allocate the total of the amount to be developed the idea.
Mogollón said that food security in Honduras "has improved" in recent years, but "not fast enough" and "has not been accompanied by a substantial reduction in poverty rates", which affects more than 60% of more than 9 million Hondurans.
"There are very important niches of food insecurity" in Honduras, mainly in the dry corridor that communicates part of the southwestern region with the center of the country, he said.
He stressed that Honduras has a "high vulnerability" to natural phenomena, so there are regions that "fail to produce enough and get out of this subsistence agriculture."
"The idea is how we can contribute to structurally, all these families out of poverty, food insecurity and can have a prosperous future for their children without having to rely on external support," concluded the head of cooperation of the EU.
The European Union intends to boost soon an initiative of incubation and acceleration of innovative solutions in food and nutrition security in Honduras.