In 1942, in an almost foreign to all the major conflicts of the time (World War II) Honduras, but engaged in a real situation of underdevelopment and lack of an academic program of agricultural education at any level, a prosperous and successful businessman, Samuel Zemurray, banana magnate of the region, the United Fruit Co. specifically, was willing to invest any amount of money (even in your pocket) just to establish an agricultural school first class aimed primarily at boys scarce resources tropics.
To ensure the success of its ambitious new philanthropic project, Zemurray count on the advice of Dr. Wilson Popenoe, who by then was already famed horticulturist and agricultural browser, it also lent its expertise to the United and the Government United States. Popenoe first Director of Zamorano, would give the style and the educational methodology that has characterized this institution for decades, unaware own academic conventions and styles of the time that focused only on the theoretical study.
A legacy which transcends borders
As mentioned by Dr. Simon Malo (Director of Zamorano 1979-92) in one of his writings “Creating Zamorano was in many ways a sweeping human drama not unlike others who have shaped the region” yet that creation has had a favorable effect on thousands of people, not only students and their families, employees and officials, and families of these, far beyond all that Zamorano has been instrumental in transforming the agricultural sector and rural development more than 19 countries providing its graduates.