Honduras opens Coffee Route

The Honduran Institute of Tourism (IHT) and the Honduran Coffee Institute (IHCAFE) are collaborating in an effort to encourage visitors to the country’s coffee regions. The IHT and IHCAFE’s recently opened Coffee Route encompasses the country’s six coffee-growing regions – Copan, Opalaca, Montecillos, Comayagua, Agalta and El Paraiso – and is designed to drive economic growth in the developing nation. “The combination of tourism and coffee with the launch of the Coffee Route allows us to offer the best of Honduras to both domestic and international tourists,” said IHCAFE General Manager, Rene Leon Gomez. “It also serves to diversify income sources and create new opportunities for our coffee farmers.” Since 2013, the two groups have been working together to equip the plantations with the necessary infrastructure to support visitors to the sites. Visitors will also be encouraged to visit research centers and the nearly 60 specialty coffee shops along the Coffee Route. A report by UK-based NGO Global Witness found that since the 2009 military coup the Honduran Government has made investment in agribusiness one of its top priorities. The report found that despite its good intention, the investments has encouraged competition over natural resources and has lead to a growing rate of violence against environmental activists. The report, How many more? alleges that more people were killed in Honduras per capita than anywhere else in the world for the last five years as a result of their efforts to defend land and the environment. Honduras currently has the highest rate of murder of any nation in the world.

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