International Coffee Partners (ICP) in Central America

Active since 2001

Current project phase until 2024

Our experience working in Central America

Central America, the land bridge connecting North and South America, is home to seven coffee producing countries. Often referred to as part of the Bean Belt, Central America is recognized as a biodiversity hotspot and unique for its rich agriculture, mountain ranges, volcanoes, forests and micro-climates. Given its exclusive geographic features, it is no surprise that Central America makes up some of the best coffee regions in the world. Located in the tri-border area of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, the Trifinio Region is a key coffee growing region in Central America and a biodiversity hotspot.

Since 2001, ICP has implemented projects in several coffee producing regions in Central America, including the Trifinio Region. Click the following button to access all past projects implemented in Central and South America from 2001 to 2019:

Achievements in Central America since first project started:

Farmer Organizations ICP worked with

Smallholder farming families benefited

Total impacted farmland

Youth attendance rate:
38 %

Rate of women in project activities and trainings:
45 %

Total impacted coffee area:
20,498 ha

Current project phase in Honduras:

The current ICP project in Central America is implemented in Honduras in the departments of Ocotepeque, Copán and Lempira as part of the Dry Corridor of Western Honduras. Main focus areas are:

– climate change adaptation and mitigation,
– gender and generational empowerment,
– organizational development.

Honduras Map

Improve the livelihoods of smallholder coffee farming families and promote sustainable climate-smart landscapes by:

– implementing and scaling of climate-smart agricultural practices,
– promoting inclusive farming family businesses,
– developing strong farmer organizations,
– adding value in the commercialization of coffee and other crops,
– enhancing gender equality at household and farmer organization level,
– developing and implementing well-coordinated landscape management plans.

ICP in Honduras aims to advance a Climate-Smart-Region. To further develop activities to strengthen the adaptation to changing climatic conditions, the project supports the initiative for coffee&climate. By promoting climate-smart agricultural practices and digital solutions, the project provides answers to arising climate risks. Furthermore, the ICP project in Honduras promotes an inclusive and region-specific development model through the implementation of economic growth strategies based on agroecological and climate-smart agricultural practices. These include workshops with interested stakeholders, training on the safe use of agrochemicals, as well as further “Training of Trainers” on the c&c approach. The project also established a Community of Practice, a learning platform of public and private partners for sharing their experiences in addressing climate change.

Climate Measures
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Organizational Development – Strengthening of UNIOCASMO

One of the achievements of International Coffee Partners (ICP) in Honduras was the establishment of the second-tier farmer organization UNIOCASMO as part of the ICP project in 2014. The farmer organization located in Ocotepeque (Honduras) has currently more than 740 members, of which are 219 women. The benefits received by the members include access to new markets, better coffee prices, as well as access to processing facilities.