FTPF has launched our newest program: planting thousands of native and fruit trees throughout rural, low-income communities in Honduras. This is a simple, effective way to have lasting impacts on Honduran families' livelihoods, nutrition, and overall well-being, while also fighting climate change and improving local soils, waterways, and air quality. Participants partake in workshops, led collaboratively by our team and local on-the-ground partners, on sustainable planting and tree care.
Deforestation, poverty, food insecurity, and environmental degradation are having severe impacts on rural families in Honduras. A large contributor is the decades-long dominance of large foreign agribusiness that has removed small farmers from their lands to create massive plantations of bananas, followed now by palm oil and sugar cane. These monocultures destroy the environment, remove families and wildlife from the land, and deplete soils - and all primarily for export out of the country.
Reforestation using both native and food-producing trees is a reclamation of economic, nutritional, and environmental rights. Fruit trees provide sustainable income while improving soil fertility and moisture, thus benefiting other crops planted amongst them. The trees also cool the environment, clean the air, and invite pollinators and wildlife back to the land. The fruit produced stays within the community to improve household and community nutrition, centered on local and organic foods.
Fruit trees are inherently a long-term solution, providing food, economic, and environmental benefits not only today but for generations to come. Many of the trees we are planting in this project - mango, avocado, cacao - live for several decades and produce hundreds of pounds of harvest each year once mature. The trees also offer stability, with minimal labor required and perennial impacts that will support people of today and in the future with more abundant, verdant, and fruitful livelihoods.