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A better future for over 2000 families in Trifinio and Nicaragua

Cris Soto
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In 2014, the Meso-American Agroenvironmental Program (MAP) at CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) improved the living conditions of some 2052 families, which joined the 141 Field Schools (FS) developed by the program. These families have strengthened their knowledge and practical skills and have shared decision making among family members to plan and conduct actions to diversify production in their yards, community gardens and farms, in order to improve food and nutritional security (FNS) for their homes and communities.

MAP contributes to the search for solutions to five of the global problems that affect the Meso-American region, which are: poverty, gender inequality, food and nutritional insecurity, degradation of ecosystem services and vulnerability to climate change in two territories in Meso-America, the Trifinio (on the border of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras) and in NicaCentral (central zone of Nicaragua).

According to Leida Mercado, leader of MAP, planning productive units by the families represents an important step to improve the management of their assets, such as natural, human and social capital, besides being a fundamental tool to face threats such as climatic vulnerability.

For this reason, the families prepare plans for their farms and are implementing innovations/technologies related to crop and large and small animal management, trees and water management. Through the FS, CATIE offered instruction covering 38 agro-ecological and agroforestry technologies to increase and diversify production in yards, community gardens and on farms. Likewise, the families received fruit and forest trees from materials produced in nurseries and germplasm banks, most of which were established within the MAP framework.

Moreover, the abilities of 30 producers’ business organizations were strengthened with the launching of an information management program to manage partners’ production data. Value chain studies were conducted and different scenarios of the participation of the actors that comprise these value chains were promoted.

These achievements were presented during the annual MAP meeting, held on May 26, to analyze the program’s progress and achievements during 2014.

The meeting was held at CATIE Headquarters in Turrialba, Costa Rica with the participation of representatives from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Guatemala, MAP’s principal donor, who expressed their satisfaction for the program’s achievements.

 

More information:

Cris Soto
Office of Communication and Incidence, CATIE
Meso-American Agroenvironmental Program (MAP)
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