Although the dairy industry in Honduras represents a permanent source of income and well being for approximately 36% of the population in rural areas (INE, 2002), it has traditionally been a poorly organized industry. A recent study conducted in 20 Centros de Recolección y Enfriamiento de Leche (CREL) in the north coast of Honduras revealed the urgent need to identify, prepare and bring leadership to the CRELs. Most small dairy farmers lack formal education. While milk production has been a fairly profitable business in Honduras, price seasonality kept small farmers from changing their rudimentary dual-purpose systems to more efficient dual-purpose systems.

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