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