Guatemala assesses compliance with nutrition promotion measures
- The PiNN Project, executed by CATIE, supported the Movement for the Promotion of Nutrition (SUN) in this evaluation.
Guatemala, 4 July 2019. On July 3, in Guatemala City, the Sixth Joint Evaluation of the Movement for the Promotion of Nutrition (SUN), which has been taking place in Guatemala since 2014 took place. CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), through the National Nutrition Informational Platform (PiNN) Project and in coordination with the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN, its Spanish acronym), supported the Movement SUN in this evaluation.
According to Eduardo Say, PiNN coordinator, the movement was formed to address the injustices and effects of malnutrition. "It focuses its efforts on eradicating all forms of malnutrition by 2030 for all people in all parts of the world," he explained.
Say indicated that the project's support and technical participation in the SUN evaluation made it possible to share important information from strategic sectors in the country to feed the Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning (MEAL, its Spanish acronym) system, which measures the impact and results of the previous year in terms of food and nutrition security interventions.
In addition, Francisca Gómez Cisterna, representative of the SUN movement, indicated that one of the purposes of this evaluation is to analyze by sectors the advances, challenges and obstacles that were faced during the previous year in the area of food and nutritional security; She also indicated, that what is sought is to define common priorities for the following year and to count the available technical support to reach the country's goals.
"We must walk together in the new stage of the SUN movement that begins in 2020, so that the decisions and priorities of this initiative endure as state policy and transcend above all in the context of Guatemala, but also at the global level to reach a 2030, with a world free of hunger," Gomez said.
Juan Carlos Carías, secretary of the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN), emphasized that the collective effort to promote nutrition in Guatemala unites several sectors and institutions such as the United Nations, aid workers, researchers, academia and business sector, in addition to all those people who genuinely care about this issue. For Carías, Guatemala has important advances, which must be sustainable and therefore invited the sectors to become guarantors of this process. He also thanked CATIE and the European Union for their support in this process, which is transcendental for the country.
Finally, technicians from the PiNN project, through recreational exercises, highlighted the importance of having reliable evidence-based on data and analysis of these for decision-making, as well as the need for multi-sectoral interventions to prevent and reduce chronic malnutrition in Guatemala.