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Departmental Food and Nutritional Security Information System of Totonicapán, Guatemala, is presented

  • This system gathers data and information on the food and nutrition situation in the department to facilitate political and technical decision-making

February 15 2021. On February 12, in the department of Totonicapán, Guatemala, the Departmental Information System for Food and Nutritional Security (SIDESAN, its, Spanish acronym) was presented, which responds to the National Food and Nutritional Security Policy, as well as the Law of the National Food and Nutritional Security System (SINASAN,its Spanish acronym)

SIDESAN gathers multi-sectoral data and information on the food and nutrition security (FNS) situation, generated, analyzed, validated and provided by the institutions with competencies in this area. This system will help make political and technical decisions aimed at the effectiveness of interventions to prevent malnutrition and improve food security in the department of Totonicapán. This process is based on institutional strengthening and decentralization; it also facilitates access to information for planning and monitoring of short, medium and long term municipal goals.

The creation of the system is the result of coordination between the departmental government of Totonicapán, the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security of the Presidency of the Republic (SESAN, its Spanish acronym), the Delegation of the European Union in Guatemala (DUEG, its Spanish acronym) and CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), within the framework of the National Information Platform on Nutrition (PiNN) project.

Mario Morales, technical undersecretary of SESAN, said that SIDESAN is an ideal tool for strengthening the actions of the Great National Crusade for Nutrition, as well as for planning and monitoring the actions of the government's strategy to comprehensively address the problems of food and nutrition insecurity. He also pointed out that it emphasizes the appropriation and operationalization of actions from the national and municipal levels.

The departmental governor, Jorge Mario Cabrera, indicated that these actions seek to contribute to improve the interventions of the institutions that are working to improve the access of families in vulnerable situations in the department of Totonicapán to basic food and thus reduce the rates of acute and chronic malnutrition.

For the Delegation of the European Union (EUD) in Guatemala, supporting the strengthening of public institutions at the national, departmental and local levels is key to the effective sustainability of the actions financed in the country.  

The implementation of SIDESAN goes in this direction and is a clear example of how European Union cooperation is participating in a concrete way in Guatemala's efforts to reduce malnutrition rates and improve the effectiveness of public policies on food security.

Julio López, CATIE representative in Guatemala, commented that the implementation of SIDESAN in Totonicapán has been possible thanks to the collaboration with the European Union, SESAN, the political will of the departmental government, the involvement of officials from different ministries, private companies and civil society, which have to do with evidence-based decision making, to have better impacts on the issue of food and nutritional security, through various multi-sectoral interventions.

Esaú Guerra, departmental delegate of SESAN, presented the content of each of the sections of the information system: health, education, environment, agriculture, social protection and finance, and emphasized that SIDESAN contributes to the multi-sectoral analysis and governance of food security in the department of Totonicapán.


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Eduardo Say
 PiNN Project/CATIE
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Ninoshka Lou
PiNN Project
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