Coffee is one of the major crops produced in Honduras. This country is the world’s sixth largest producer and the largest producer in Central America. Its contribution to the economy cannot be overstated: it accounts for 5% of the national Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and 26% of the agricultural GDP. The Honduran coffee sector has made significant progress towards its modernization and, as a result, has increased both its aggregate production and farm productivity. Yet, these positive metrics contrast with increasing concerns about the environmental and social sustainability of the sector.
It is in this context that the initiative Rethinking Markets and Value Chains for Inclusion and Sustainability conducts this scoping study. Its goal is to review the agricultural policy context and describe the coffee global value chain (GVC), identifying key constraints to reducing the costs of production and marketing and making the chain more inclusive. The information that feeds this study is the result of a systemic review of the literature and the analysis of secondary data on the coffee supply chain in Honduras.