March 4, 2019. On February 28 in Guatemala City, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) in coordination with the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN, its Spanish acronym), through the European Union-funded National Nutrition Information Platform (PiNN) project, presented to government authorities, international cooperation and civil society, the case study entitled Evolution of strategies for the reduction of chronic malnutrition, main findings.
The objective of the study was to document and analyze the country's progress through the different strategies for reducing chronic malnutrition, specifically after implementing the National Strategy for the Prevention of Chronic Malnutrition (ENPDC, its Spanish acronym) 2016-2020.
Among the conclusions shown in the case study is the potential of information platforms to support national institutions in monitoring progress in implementing policy and strategic frameworks on nutrition from existing data, and from these derive valuable analyses for decision-makers and accelerate the reduction of chronic malnutrition.
Also, in the framework of this presentation, the conclusions of the qualitative evaluation of the Municipal Public Policy of Food and Nutritional Security of Momostenango were shared, with the purpose of improving decision-making at the municipal level and strengthening governance.
During the presentation of the case study, the main table was chaired by Juan Carlos Carías, secretary of SESAN; Beatrice Bussi, deputy head of cooperation of the European Union delegation in Guatemala; and Julio López, CATIE representative in Guatemala.
The Secretary of SESAN called on regional and departmental delegates to replicate successful experiences territorially, and thus improve municipal processes in the prevention of chronic malnutrition in the country. In addition, he thanked the cooperation of the European Union and CATIE for supporting the strengthening of institutional capacities, both at central and municipal levels.
For his part, Bussi said the support of the European Union through the PiNN project has allowed information on chronic malnutrition to be reliable, which facilitates decision-making and provides important elements for government transition.
Finally, López invited those present to join efforts to face the challenges in nutrition, among them is to strengthen the culture of analysis and use of information to make quantitative and qualitative leaps in solving the problem of malnutrition that mainly affects rural populations.
PiNN Project, CATIE
PiNN Project, CATIE