Fundacion para la Investigacion Participativa con Agricultures de Honduras (FIPAH)
In October 1993, the pilot project began in two communities on the Atlantic coast of Honduras, under the sponsorship of the Laderas project of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). The first communities served were Santiago, located on the banks of the Santiago river, municipality of San Francisco, Atlántida and El Recreo, located on the banks of the Cuero river, in the municipality of La Másica, department of Atlántida. These two communities were chosen for having farmers who have been the product of the migration effect from other areas of the country and who came from the departments of Santa Bárbara, Lempira and Copan, whose main activity was oriented to the exploitation of the forest where precious woods such as : El Cedro, Caoba y Redondo.
The methodology of the Local Agricultural Research Committees (CIAL) was introduced by CIAT's Participatory Research in Agriculture (IPRA) project, led by Dr. Jacqueline Ashby, precisely to unite the efforts of hillside farmers with the efforts scientists; The CIAL Methodology allows you to measure and evaluate new versus local technologies and then decide whether to adopt or reject it.
Initially, the objective of IPCA was to test and adapt participatory methodologies that had had good results in South America, specifically in Colombia. After obtaining positive results based on community participation, and believing that this technology could be an alternative for technological generation and development. In July 1995, the Participatory Research in Central America (IPCA) project was created, which until now had received funds from CIAT, being a private development and research organization. With IPCA they began to support Local Agricultural Research Committees (CIAL), in Atlántida and later in the Lake Yojoa area, in Santa Barbará, in the department of Comayagua and Yorito, Yoro. May 16, 2003 by Executive Decree No: 841 - 2003 the foundation for participatory research with farmers from honduras (FIPAH) emerged, which currently works with 178 communities located in the departments of Yoro, Francisco Morazán, Comayagua, Intibucá and Lempira. Farmers organize into community-based participatory research teams called CIALs, in order to diversify their genetic resources and develop more resistant varieties with better adaptation to their soils and production conditions. FIPAH promotes local expert farmers whose knowledge is essential for building resilient food systems to solve problems that limit food sovereignty, as well as the ability to stay on their land,