Honduras

Key facts:

Hazards covered by anticipation    

Tropical storms | Droughts | Crisis-induced displacement

Anticipation partners in country    

Honduran Red Cross Society | German Red Cross | Red Cross and the Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre | National Permanent Contingency Commission (COPECO) | CENAOS (National Center of Atmospheric, Oceanographic and Seismic Studies) | Strategic institutions from the National Risk Management and Emergencies System (SINAGER) | START Network: Care International, Oxfam, and World Vision | FAO

Inform Risk Index    

Hazard and Exposure: 4.9

Vulnerability: 5.6

Lack of Coping Capacity: 5.2

Total: 5.2 (high risk)

Rank: 34

 

Photo by Yoshi Shimizu, IFRC

Country Profile

A low middle-income country with a sub-tropical climate, Honduras is one of the poorest countries in the Americas. As of 2016, over 66 percent of the population live in poverty, 20 percent of the rural population lives on less than US$1.90 per day, and food insecurity is relatively common. The population is exposed to a number of hydrometeorological and geological hazards, including hurricanes, floods, landslides, droughts, and earthquakes. High levels of inequality as well as internal conflict and insecurity exacerbate vulnerability to these hazards and contribute to displacement, especially for those living on the low-end of the economic spectrum. In 1998, hurricane Mitch, for example, killed over 10,000 people and caused approximately US$3 billion of damage to agriculture and infrastructure. Droughts are also a regular occurrence, killing crops and livestock and contributing to food insecurity.

Projects

Strengthening FbF Readiness and Disaster Preparedness in Honduras

Since 2019 Honduras Red Cross—with support from the regional FbF program including GRC, RCCC, IFRC—has been developing protocols for tropical storms and droughts. It has plans to develop an EAP for crisis-induced internal displacement in the future. Honduras Red Cross receives).

 

In February 2020 Start Network provided Care International, Oxfam, and World Vision with £300,000 for actions to anticipate the impacts of drought (alert 406).

FAO is supporting early action for drought in Honduras.