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European Commission highlights nutrition project in Guatemala implemented by CATIE
- Commission visited the country to learn how the National Nutrition Information Platform Project (PiNN) is being implemented
During a visit to Guatemala, Carla Da Silva-Sorneta, Director General of International Cooperation and Rural Development, Food Security and Nutrition of the European Commission (based in Brussels), highlighted the actions carried out by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), through the National Nutrition Information Platform Project (PiNN), which is financed by the European Union and executed in coordination with the Secretariat of Food Security and Nutrition of the Presidency of the Republic (SESAN, its Spanish acronym).
Da Silva stated that the mission in Guatemala was intended to verify how the project is developing, to evaluate the possibility of extending a second phase, not only in Guatemala, but also in other countries. She added, "We wanted to know first-hand the interest and commitment of national and local authorities to the issue of chronic malnutrition and its care.
"The results of the PiNN project allowed the European Commission to learn about inter-institutional coordination and how it can be better used, allowing authorities to have inputs for assertive decision-making that will materialize in concrete actions for the well-being of families with high poverty rates, children with chronic malnutrition, families with lack of employment, health and education," said Julio López, CATIE's representative in Guatemala.
For his part, Eduardo Say, coordinator of the PiNN project, expressed his satisfaction with the Commission's visit and hopes that it will result in support for the development at the local level of a Municipal Information System on Food and Nutritional Security that will help make effective decisions to reduce chronic malnutrition in the country.
In this regard, Maritza Méndez de Oliva, secretary of SESAN, requested the support of the European Union and CATIE to work on this system and reach the other municipalities. She also added that it is necessary to have a monitoring and follow-up system of the Great Crusade for Nutrition that allows to know how the processes and intermediate results are progressing.
During his visit, Da Silvase met Juventino Gálvez, president of CATIE's Board of Directors, and discussed institutional and collaborative issues between CATIE and the European Union. For Dr. Gálvez, this type of coordination expands coverage to achieve impacts in areas of interest.
In addition, Da Silva held meetings with Deputy Jairo Flores, who coordinates the Parliamentary Front against Hunger (FPH, its Spanish acronym) in Guatemala and at the Latin American and Caribbean level, with Héctor Melvin Caná Rivera, Vice-Ministry of Policy, Planning and Evaluation of the Ministry of Social Development (MIDES, its Spanish acronym), with cooperating partners on the issue of food and nutritional security and with officials of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance and SESAN to define strategic actions to address the situation of chronic malnutrition in the country.