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Building an Ornamental Plant Industry in Honduras
Target Country: Honduras
Principal Investigator: Alan B. Bennett, University of California, Davis
- Cecilia Chi-Ham, University of California, Davis
- Michael S. Dobres, NovaFlora, Inc.
- Dinie Espinal-Rueda, Zamorano University, Honduras
- David Flemmin, NovaFlora, Inc.
The project supports the ornamental business in Honduras as a means to drive the development of a local high value industry, increase trade, develop policy, training and infrastructure to support the region’s agricultural productivity. Expansion of the ornamental industry creates new business activities for women and develops local expertise. The project also develops a local market of garden and landscape plants and provides a diversified base from which to establish a sustainable export industry.
Through a previous collaboration project leaders identified that the major constraints preventing growth of Honduras’ horticultural sector are a lack of local expertise, logistical infrastructure and policy. This one-year proposal, addresses these constraints by: 1) educating growers and breeders in best horticultural practices; 2) identifying and transferring technologies; 3) improving the logistic infrastructure and policy related to export trade. We are accomplishing these goals through a collaboration of key partners with demonstrated expertise in the horticultural industry (NovaFlora and Conard-Pyle), agricultural research and outreach (Zamorano), in-country and regional logistics (NovaFlora), and developing country technology transfer (UC Davis, PIPRA). The outcome of this project will be directly transferable to the development of domestic and export driven horticultural businesses in other developing countries.