The department of Lempira, with a population of 100,000, is one of the poorest and most isolated regions of Honduras, located in hilly terrain close to the border with El Salvador. In 1990, when the Lempira Sur project was begun, 72 percent of the people lived below the poverty line, and malnutrition was chronic. The soil was poor, yields were low, and erosion and drought were common due to the slash-and-burn farming system, which forced the farmers to find and clear new plots of land every few years. Now things have changed considerably.
To see, hear and read about the activities and the people in the Lempira Sur project, click here.
To read more about the new farming system, click here