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  • Departmental and regional delegates of SESAN, in Guatemala, got to know this tool, which will be implemented next year

December 11, 2020. With the support of the project National Nutrition Information Plataform (PiNN), executed by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and financed by the European Union in Guatemala, it wascoordinated with the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security of the Presidency of the Republic (SESAN) the development of a tool for monitoring governance in food and nutritional security, in order to systematize the self-assessment of the governance of the Municipal Commissions for Food and Nutritional Security (COMUSAN, its Spanish acronym).

As part of the implementation process of the tool, Eduardo Say, coordinator of the PiNN project, presented the tool to the regional and departmental delegates of the 22 SESAN delegations on December 10th.   

Say indicated that for the project the issue of governance is a priority since it involves the participation of institutions and social sectors directly involved in improving food and nutritional security throughout the country. He added that with these actions the PiNN project supports the fulfillment of the National Strategy of Governance in Food and Nutritional Security of SESAN, which will strengthen the interventions aimed at preventing malnutrition and improving food security, within the framework of the decentralization processes, in the different institutional and territorial areas.

The food security and nutrition governance tool was developed with the support of CATIE's Ecosystem Modeling Laboratory (LME, its Spanish acronym).  Grettel Vargas, a specialist from this laboratory, mentioned that the tool combines, through algorithms, data from 31 variables and seven indicators to define a governance index for food and nutritional security (FNS). 

In order to evaluate governance, COMUSAN members must assign a weighting to each of the 31 variables. The levels of the governance index in FNS are: fully acceptable, acceptable, minimum acceptable and weak.  The indicators for defining the FNS governance index are: participation, equity, transparency, response capacity, coordination, efficiency and regulatory framework. 

Also, the tool uses powerful geospatial visualization applications such as storymaps and operation dashboards, which collaborate in the transmission of data and location-based analysis in an intuitive and interactive way for decision making, trend visualization and monitoring of processes in real time.

Carlos Duarte, PiNN project information systems specialist, indicated that in order to automate the data collection process in all the country's municipalities, a mobile application was developed, using Survey123 technology, which allows for the entry and transmission via the Internet of data on variables and indicators to define the governance index in FNS at the municipal level, compiling the information in a cloud database.

The tool also automatically calculates the percentage of progress for each indicator and a final combined governance index for the departments and municipalities "This will help to know the potentialities and areas for improvement of the departmental and municipal commissions for food and nutritional security throughout the country, before initiating the coordination and articulation of the interventions at the local level, established in the strategy of the Great National Crusade for Nutrition," said Duarte.

Mario Domingo Morales, Technical Undersecretary of SESAN, thanked the PiNN project, the European Union and CATIE for supporting the strengthening of the capacities of the delegates present at the event, which will help to unify criteria for addressing actions that lead to the fulfillment of the institutional goals envisaged in the national FNS plans, in accordance with their role as FNS coordinators in each territory.



Using the Survey 123 application for the G-SAN tool  


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Eduardo Say
PiNN Project/CATIE
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Ninoshka Lou
PiNN Project
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