Honduras Agroforestry

Cooperative agroforestry empowers indigenous women in Honduras

  • The Lenca indigenous group in a dry region of Honduras has practiced agroforestry for millennia, planting timber and fruit trees over food and medicine crops to provide shade that increases soil humidity.

Cooperative agroforestry empowers indigenous women in Honduras Francisca Rivas displays a guamo fruit and seeds that she plans to replant. Image by Monica Pellicci

By Monica Pellicia / Mongabay.- GUALCINCE, Honduras — The Lenca call it a sacrificial stone, where their indigenous  ancestors went to make offerings to deities. A triangle of rock with different circles inscribed on its surface, it has remained intact despite the passage of time.

Agroforestry is beneficial to the climate because it sequesters carbon from the atmosphere, and it also benefits biodiversity: the village has observed an increase in populations of animals like opossums, snakes, hares, armadillos, squirrels, birds and coyotes as the agroforestry plantings expand.