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Progress made in updating public policy on food and nutritional security in Momostenango, Guatemala
- With the support of the National Nutrition Information Platform Project, a planning tool was generated for municipal public interventions in favour of food and nutritional security
August 11, 2020. Since February 2020, CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research ad Higher Education Center), through the National Nutrition Information Platform Project (PiNN), financed by the European Union, has been providing technical support in the process of updating the Municipal Public Policy on Food and Nutritional Security in the municipality of Momostenango, Guatemala, in order to strengthen municipal capacities to meet the current food needs of the population.
According to Martha Pacay, public policy advisor for the PiNN project, this process has been successful because both local government and civil society have been actively involved, which means that the proposal for action is broader and takes into account the opinion and experience of different sectors of the municipality with regard to addressing the main public problems.
In order to carry out the process, within the framework of the Municipal Commission for Food and Nutritional Security with Emphasis on Children and Adolescents (COMUSANNA, its Spanish acronym), a technical round table was set up that included different skateholders, among them: the Municipal Directorate for Women, the Municipal Environmental Management Unit, the Directorate for Children and Adolescents of the Municipality of Momostenango, the Departmental Delegation of the Secretariat for Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN, its Spanish acronym ), the Health District of San Vicente Buenabaj and the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA, its Spanish acronym). In addition, civil society organizations were involved, such as the Foundation of Coffee for Rural Development (FUNCAFE, its Spanish acronym), the University of San Carlos of Guatemala (USAC), the Ecumenical Center for Pastoral Integration (CEIPA), the Community Association for Development (SERJUS) and international cooperation.
Eduardo Say, coordinator of the PiNN project, explained that the objective of the policy update process is to have a strategic planning instrument in the short term that will unite efforts, guide and regulate actions between local government, civil society and donors to successfully intervene on food and nutritional security in the municipality.
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