Towards the escalation of the Departmental Information System for Food Security
- The scaling up of this system in seven municipalities of Totonicapán, in Guatemala, will allow the consolidation of actions at a departmental level
October 13, 2020. The Municipal Information System on Food and Nutritional Security (SIMSAN, its Spanish acronym) was presented during the regular meeting of the Municipal Commission on Food and Nutritional Security of Children and Adolescents (COMUSANNA, its Spaish acronym) in Momostenango, Guatemala, on October 9th. The purpose of this system is to gather data and multi-sector information on the food and nutritional security situation; this information is generated, analyzed, validated and facilitated by the institutions that have the responsibility for implementing food and nutritional security interventions in the municipality of Momostenango.
The Undersecretary of the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN), Mario Morales, indicated that the information that the institutions possess is very important to know and manage it in order to make decisions for the benefit of the population. In this sense, he acknowledged the effort and support that CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) has provided through the National Nutrition Information Platform Project (PiNN), in Momostenango.
In addition, Morales expressed the interest that the authorities of the National Council for Food and Nutritional Security (CONASAN), especially the Vice President of the Republic of Guatemala, Guillermo Castillo, have in scaling up this successful experience of the municipality of Momostenango throughout Guatemala, so as to guarantee integral, municipal and community participation. He was also very pleased with the interest and commitment shown by the mayors of the eight municipalities of Totonicapán, since it represents a clear example of governance in food and nutritional security, which translates into inter-institutional work in favor of children in vulnerable conditions.
Julio López, CATIE's representative in Guatemala, thanked Momostenango's authorities for their commitment before the start of the project and the European Union for the confidence they have placed in CATIE to develop the PiNN project. He added that he is extremely pleased with the achievements, among which he can highlight the strengthening of the capacities of the multi-sectoral technical teams, in relation to the analysis of data from the municipality of Momostenango.
Also, López pointed out that Momostenango is a model because this experience is the only one at the local level that takes place in the world.
For his part, Santiago Vicente, municipal mayor of Momostenango, thanked the institutions such as the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (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), as well as the Municipal Council for their commitment to the welfare of the population of the municipality, and stressed the importance that this effort can be replicated in the seven municipalities that make up the department of Totonicapán.
With respect to SIMSAN, Luis Vicente, municipal monitor of SESAN, explained that this system will help make political and technical decisions aimed at the effectiveness of interventions to prevent malnutrition and improve food security in the municipality; while Vianca Herrera, consultant in the area of governance of the PiNN Project, said that SIMSAN is an innovative system of information management, aimed at inter-institutional strengthening and decentralization.
To this, Eduardo Say, coordinator of the PiNN Project, added that the sustainability of the system should be attributed to the effective coordination among the institutions that are part of the National Information System on Food and Nutritional Security (SINSAN), mainly, in its technical and financial contribution to the updating of data, in order to have timely information for decision making, the monitoring of municipal goals and its contribution to national goals in the short, medium and long term.
The COMUSANNA meeting was attended by representatives from MIDES, MAGA, SESAN, the Municipality of Momostenango, member organizations of the Social Consultation and Participation Instance (INCOPAS), as well as the Coffee Foundation for Rural Development (FUNCAFE, its Spanish acronym), the Ecumenical Center for Pastoral Integration (CEIPA, its Spanish acronym) and PSC International, who are taking a strategic role within the framework of SIMSAN.
The PiNN Project is implemented through the financial support of the European Union in Guatemala and executed by CATIE, in coordination with SESAN.