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CATIE supports national capacity building in Guatemala
- A Theoretical-practical course on monitoring and evaluation of food and nutritional security policies and strategies is given.
April 3, 2019. On March 29, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), through the National Nutrition Information Platform (PiNN) project, gave a theoretical-practical course in Guatemala on the monitoring and evaluation of food and nutritional security policies and strategies, with the aim of strengthening the capacities of the staff of the institutions that make up the National Information System on Food and Nutritional Security (SINASAN, its Spanish acronym), providing them with knowledge on the subject that will allow them to improve decision-making to reduce chronic malnutrition in the country.
Sandra Recinos, CATIE nutrition advisor, emphasized the importance of the course and the institutional interest in participating in this process that combines learning with the implementation of a proposal that supports efforts to monitor and evaluate food and nutrition security policies.
Beatrice Bussi, Deputy Head of Cooperation of the European Union in Guatemala, an organization that finances the PiNN project, said that they will continue to support food security in Guatemala with a vision of sustainability and complementarities because they believe that Guatemalans have the capabilities and potential to be the protagonists of their development, therefore also congratulated CATIE, the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN, its Spanish acronym) and the PiNN project for carrying out a series of activities that contribute that there are no malnourished children in Guatemala.
This course was attended by 30 technicians from the areas of planning, monitoring and evaluation of SESAN, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAGA, its Spanish acronym), the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES, its Spanish acronym), the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS, its Spanish acronym), the Secretariat of Planning and Programming of the Presidency (SEGEPLAN, its Spanish acronym) and the Municipality of Momostenango, as well as members of civil society, all members of SINASAN.
Following the course, the forum on Monitoring and Evaluation of Food and Nutritional Security Policies and Strategies was also held, in which Luis Ovando, Undersecretary of Planning of the Secretariat of Planning and Programming of the Presidency (SEGEPLAN, its Spanish acronym), participated as a speaker on the importance of monitoring and evaluation in planning with a results-based management approach. In addition, Claudia Maselli, Deputy Prosecutor II of the Office of the Human Rights Procurator (PDH, its Spanish acronym), addressed the issue of the right to food and the role of the procurator's office in monitoring and evaluating policies.
For his part, Armando Barren, coordinator of the Instance for Consultation and Social Participation (INCOPAS, its Spanish acronym), commented on the role of civil society in monitoring and evaluation processes, while Maira Ruano, technical undersecretary of SESAN, spoke on the monitoring and evaluation of food and nutritional security interventions, as well as their challenges.
Some of the conclusions reached in the framework of this forum were that at the local level data should be used to make a better distribution of social programs, for this it is necessary that local authorities are interested in what is happening around them and have updated municipal statistical information. In Guatemala there have been evaluations of the Food and Nutritional Security Policy which do not comply with the established principles and which are also very subjective.
Through the forum, it is sought that each of the participants in the evaluation system is asked to give feedback on the process and acquire new learning.
The PiNN project is executed by CATIE to strengthen national capacities to monitor the evolution of chronic malnutrition and to implement cost-effective, evidence-based multi-sectoral nutrition policies and programs.