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CATIE trains members of Sub-commission for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of Momostenango
- The purpose is to strengthen municipal capacities to improve public actions aimed at preventing chronic malnutrition in Guatemala.
October 23 2018. On October 15, in Momostenango, Guatemala, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) initiated a theoretical-practical course. Through this course the members of the Sub-Commission for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation of the Municipal Commission on Food and Nutritional Security, Children and Adolescents of Momostenango (COMUSANNA, its Spanish acronym) will strengthen their knowledge in the monitoring and evaluation of municipal public policies on food and nutritional security, in order to guide decision-making, based on evidence.
This capacity building process is developed as part of the activities of the National Nutrition Information Platform (PiNN) project, financed by the European Union and executed by CATIE, in support of the Secretariat for Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN).
Esaú Guerra, departmental delegate of SESAN in Totonicapán, pointed out that the importance of the course lies on its dual theoretical-practical approach. At the end of the course, the Sub-commission will present the monitoring report of the Municipal Policy on Food and Nutritional Security, which will help to make decisions in the promotion of food and nutritional security in the municipality of Momostenango.
For her part, Mercedes Son, director of the Momostenango Municipal Women's Directorate, indicated that the course would strengthen the capacities of municipal officials so that they can better monitor the nutrition of children in Momostenango, in which the role of women is fundamental.
Mina González, CATIE policy advisor, reported that the Public Policy on Food and Nutritional Security, with emphasis on Children and Adolescents in the municipality of Momostenango, was approved through the Municipal Agreement number 057-2014, in order to respond in an integrated, systematic and planned way to the demands of the population. For that reason, it is important to monitor its effectiveness to make municipal management more efficient.
Finally, Eduardo Say, coordinator of the PiNN project, indicated that the process of strengthening capacities at a municipal level would allow improving the focalization of public multi sectoral actions (interventions) in a short and medium term, for the prevention of chronic malnutrition in areas of greater vulnerability to food insecurity and malnutrition in Momostenango.
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