Honduras has a population of over 8.8 million.
The country’s natural resources include agricultural lands along the northern coast and interior river valleys, extensive pine forests, and small deposits of silver, lead, zinc and low-grade iron ore. The economy is divided between the highlands, where subsistence farming, stock raising and mining have long dominated, and the lowlands, where plantation agriculture is based largely on bananas.
Two U.S. corporations—Chiquita and Dole – hold a disproportionate amount of the country’s agricultural land and produce a substantial part of the national income by growing the majority of the country’s banana crop.
50-59% of the food energy consumed in Honduras comes from crops that are not native to the region.