Ambassador Laura Dogu Remarks at Launch of USG-Funded Digital Soil Fertility Mapping and SoilFER Activities  

We have just heard about two new and important projects: Suelos de Honduras and SoilFer. 

Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Dr. Laura Elena Suazo  

FAO Representative, Fátima Espinal  

CIAT Representative in Honduras, Dr. Luz Adriana Muñoz  

Special guests, members of the press, 

The United States government is very proud to finance these two projects.  

We know the importance of the agricultural sector and the number of families that depend on this sector to generate their income and produce food. With these projects, we’re provide innovative solutions to the specific needs of their crops to optimize the use of fertilizers and make agriculture more profitable. 

Technology offers powerful tools to transform how farmers address challenges in production and the impact of climate change. We are supporting an increase in the use of modern technology to improve production. 

When Russia launched its brutal and unprovoked war against Ukraine, fertilizer prices quickly rose, causing another global crisis. In response, the United States government implemented a global strategy to help vulnerable countries overcome this threat. 

Alongside the people and government of Honduras, we are already working to enhance the use of agricultural inputs. With these projects, we will be able to generate economic benefits for producers and healthier food with a lower environmental impact. 

These two projects are part of an integrated response from the United States Government that includes a wide range of other projects. For example, alongside these two projects, we are investing $12.5 million, approximately 310 million lempiras, which will double the capacity of soil laboratory analysis.  

Additionally, it will expand the capacity of Honduran companies to produce biofertilizers and other bio-inputs. It is gratifying to announce that, after a year, small biofertilizer companies in Honduras have produced 35,000 metric tons of fertilizer. 

And finally, we are training technicians and producers in fertilization best practices so that all this technology reaches the farms where food is produced. 

All the initiatives presented today, as well as the other U.S. programs, will significantly contribute to job growth and the development of agriculture in Honduras.  

On behalf of the United States Government, we will continue to seek innovative solutions that boost the agricultural sector and the sustainable development of Honduras. 

Thank you very much.