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cooperatives. The observations and unstructured interviews gathered in this period gave

the author the knowledge base for this study.

After serving as a volunteer for two years in Laínez, the author spent an additional

year working in the capital city of Tegucigalpa with FEHCAFOR (Honduran Federation

of Agroforestry Cooperatives). Data for the Guadalupe case study was complete when

the author moved to the capital. The data for the other four case studies was gathered

during field trips taken while working with FEHCAFOR. Total time spent in field work

for these four cases was approximately 20 to 30 hrs per group. Contacts obtained through

working with the federation were valuable sources of information on these cases.

The cooperatives included in the study were Cooperativa Agroforestal Guadalupe

Limitada, Cooperativa Agroforestal Villa Santa Los Trozos Limitada, Cooperativa

Agroforestal San José de Protección, Cooperativa Agroforestal Quebrada Honda, and

Grupo Agroforestal Chagüite Grande. The Guadalupe and Villa Santa Cooperatives are

located in the Department of El Paraiso in the southeastern sector of Honduras (Figure 2).

The Guadalupe cooperative is within the Municipality of Yuscarán, and Villa Santa is

within the Municipality of Danlí further east. The Protección, Quebrada Honda, and

Chaguite Grande cooperatives are all located in the Municipality of Villa de San Antonio

in the Department of Comayagua in the central region of the country (Figure 3). All five

groups are set in landscapes that are physically very similar, yet each cooperative has a

distinct history.


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