learn about our programs in central america
Office: Punta Gorda
Graduated families: 247
Active families: 115
Based in the southern districts of Toledo, Stann Creek, and Cayo, Sustainable Harvest Belize has been working since 1999 to find practical, sustainable strategies to improve the health of the local environment and the families who live there.
Toledo District, the most impoverished district in Belize, is home to numerous ethnic groups, with the majority being Mopan or Q’ekchi’ Mayan. Rapid coastal development, high deforestation rates, increasing poverty, and the discovery of crude oil are threatening ancient tropical forests and former kingdoms of the Maya.
Read a story from Belize.
Graduated families: 667
Active families: 209
Sustainable Harvest Honduras is our largest and oldest program, noted for its commitment to community participation and empowerment.
Logging and slash-and-burn agriculture have destroyed or damaged large parts of Honduras’ once-pristine tropical forests.
Rugged mountains and hills cover close to 80% of Honduras’ total land area, making agriculture a challenge for the local families who depend on it for their sustenance and livelihoods.
Read a story from Honduras.
Graduated families: 262
Active families: 141
Sustainable Harvest Panama started its work in the Coclé Province and the Lake Alajuela region, and has since expanded its work in and around the municipalities of La Pintada and Penonomé.
Panama is a country challenged with soil erosion and siltation of the Panama Canal, environmental problems due to mining, and a mounting disparity of wealth. Vast expanses of tropical forest and mangroves are being exploited for short-term material gain, threatening the thousands of plant and animal species native to the country, and those families whose livelihoods depend on the ecosystem.
Read a story from Panama.
INTERACTIVE MAP OF WHERE we WORK
Use the map* below to learn more about where we work. You can zoom in and out using the +/- controls on the bottom right-hand side of the map. Each tree represents a family and their farm. Click on a tree to learn the name of the family, community, their field trainer, and what phase of the program they are in. Have questions about what you see on the map? Email us.
*NOTE: This map is periodically updated.