Honduras Sustainable Coffee Platform launches agriculture health and safety online course

A new four-part health and safety e-learning course has been developed for technicians, extension agents and professional farmers in Honduras and beyond. The free online course for Spanish speakers will teach participants how to enhance workers’ health and safety, training systems and techniques to disseminate these recommendations to farmers.          

Containing four independent modules, up to 20-hours of video, and complete downloadable reference materials, Guillermo Alvarado, GCP Program Manager Honduras said the course formed part of the platform’s recent focus on knowledge sharing, which included the platform’s first sustainability forum and the development of a new resource-rich website. The latest knowledge addition now provides a comprehensive course study of agriculture work health and safety, with specific recommendations for COVID-19 management.

The self-administered course teaches participants how to manage coffee in the value chain. “The course is directed at technicians, especially extension agents of different organization in the coffee value chain, but we believe it will be beneficial to professional farmers and managers who may also take advantage of the course,” said Alvarado.

According to Melissa Salazar, GCP Program Manager – Countries, the team was very excited about the course and the new knowledge sharing approach because of the potential it had. “It showcases an innovative way to reach out to stakeholders when in-person convening is not entirely possible. 

“The goal for 2021 is to collaborate with more partners to develop online materials that will support the different platform members on their journey towards creating a more sustainable coffee sector,” said Salazar, adding that further e-learning courses would be launched in the coming weeks, including a class related to the new Honduras National Sustainability Curriculum.

The course was developed by the International Regional Organization for Animal and Plant Health for Central America, Mexico Belize and Dominican Republic (OIRSA), which is a recently-joined member of the Honduran Platform (PCSH).

“We’re excited to see people sign up, complete the course and implement lessons learnt,” said Alvarado. “We believe this course and method of sharing knowledge is a valuable contribution to coffee sustainability in Honduras especially at this socially isolated time.”