Through the MOCCA alliance, it will contribute to strengthening AHPROCAFE’s capabilities to provide its business and union base bodies with technical and financial support services aimed at improving access to knowledge, technical mastery and credit, as well as creating spaces and Actively motivate women producers to participate in decision-making and entrepreneurially in any process within the link of the coffee chain.
To this end, MOCCA will provide technical assistance for the development of training methods (in-person and virtual) to benefit producers who are members of the affiliated cooperatives, field technicians and trainers, rural savings and credit banks, rural, local and departmental boards of AHPROCAFE in prioritized topics that can improve resilience to climate change.
MOCCA is a 7-year initiative funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through its Food for Progress Program, which seeks to improve agricultural productivity and expand trade in agricultural products. The MOCCA project is being executed by a consortium led by TechnoServe.
“This alliance represents an opportunity to transfer the experiences around training in Good Agronomic Practices of the MOCCA Program and the AHPROCAFE network, to impact in a sustainable way with actions that will improve the competitiveness and productivity of coffee producers in Honduras,” he mentioned. Ryan Bathrick, Director of MOCCA.
Increasing women’s participation
As part of its actions MOCCA has established strategies to increase the participation of women through: The implementation of the organization and strengthening of gender committees and boards of directors on issues of gender equity and development of a leadership and entrepreneurship plan for promote the active participation of women coffee growers in the coffee business, as well as the training of 1,500 women to enable them to develop businesses linked to coffee growing.
About MOCCA’s regional access to financing program
MOCCA collaborates with public and private financial allies, designing short, medium and long-term financing mechanisms and through this alliance, it is intended to extend the benefits to the members of AHPROCAFE, with the purpose of managing reimbursable and non-reimbursable cooperation financial resources.
AHPROCAFE is the first and largest coffee union alliance in Honduras, founded on August 3, 1967, made up of producers, solidly organized in:
- 3,247 Rural Boards
- 210 local boards
- 41 coffee cooperatives
- 15 departmental meetings
Its objective is to raise the quality of life of men and women who are dedicated to coffee production activities, promoting the sustainable development of the population sectors that participate in the production processes, raising human development indices in the national coffee sector. ; AHPROCAFE and has a presence in 15 departments of the 18 that make up the Honduran territory.