Action Against Hunger and CATIE define cooperation mechanisms in Guatemala
- Among the cooperation mechanisms identified is the formation of human capital, research and joint initiatives
November 8th, 2017. The National Office of CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) in Guatemala received last October 27, officials from the organization Action Against Hunger, in order to share experiences and identify collaboration mechanisms that allow to start joint actions in this country.
At the meeting, Julio López, representative of CATIE in Guatemala, shared aspects of institutional current affairs, mainly related to existing capacities and their structure. In this case, he highlighted strategic elements of the Strategic Plan 2013 - 2022, the climate-smart territories approach and the main aspects of the Center's theory of change and lines of work.
In addition, Lopez said that this approach allows assessing the strengths and capabilities of both institutions, highlighting the opportunity to join efforts and complement capacities, which would strengthen the alliance significantly.
For his part, Miguel Ángel García, regional director of Action Against Hunger, shared the background and structure of his institution, a non-governmental organization (NGO) and its international presence in more than 40 countries.
"In Guatemala, Action Against Hunger adapts and disseminates new ways to prevent child malnutrition, from a comprehensive approach that covers the production and consumption of food, the increase of economic income by families living in poverty, the improvement in access to water and the environmental conditions of rural communities, as well as adaptation to climate change and disaster risk management of natural origin" said García.
Among the officials of Action Against Hunger participating in the meeting were Ada Gaytán, coordinator of Rural Development and Agroclimates; Estuardo Aguilar, coordinator of Monitoring and Evaluation; Jessica Coronado, Nutrition Coordinator; and Glenda Rojas, coordinator of Food Security.
As a starting point of this alliance, the cooperation in the exchange of research conducted by both institutions in recent years is key, as well as the identification of potential calls for projects for the Dry Corridor in which they could participate jointly and complementary.
Finally, it was determined that another issue of shared interest is the promotion of public-private partnerships that allow small producer families to better integrate into agro-food value chains, one of the biggest challenges facing the inhabitants of rural Guatemalan territories.
Julio López Payés
Representative of CATIE in Guatemala
CATIE in Guatemala