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Guatemalan strategy to reduce chronic malnutrition consolidated
- CATIE and the European Union held a meeting with the Vice President of Guatemala and agreed to follow up on the PiNN Project to promote information and evidence-based decision making on food and nutrition security.
June 2, 2021. Officials from the European Union (EU) in Guatemala and CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) met on June 1 with Guillermo Castillo, Vice President of the Republic of Guatemala, to exchange views and expectations regarding the progress of the National Nutrition Information Platform Project (PiNN) and its contribution to the reduction of chronic malnutrition in the country.
In addition to the Vice President, the meeting was attended by Mina González, private secretary to the Vice President; Alberto Cortezón, head of EU Cooperation; Claudia Barillas, EU program officer; Julio López, CATIE representative in Guatemala; Eduardo Say, PiNN Project coordinator, and members of the project. Also present virtually were Muhammad Ibrahim, CATIE's director general, and Juan Carlos Méndez, the Center's deputy general director.
Ibrahim welcomed the participants and expressed CATIE's commitment to continue contributing with strategic results for decision making in the fight against malnutrition in Guatemala.
For his part, Cortezón highlighted the joint work that CATIE, the EU and the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN, its Spanish acronym) have been developing within the framework of the PiNN Project for the past four years.
Cortezón shared that the European Union confirmed support for a second phase of the project and thus capitalize on the work done in the department of Totonicapán and its eight municipalities, seeking to establish information systems on food and nutrition security in other areas of the country, always under the approach of evidence-based decision making as a strategic mechanism to implement integrated interventions, and thus contribute effectively to improve food and nutrition security conditions.
Vice President Castillo thanked CATIE and the European Union for the work and technical support provided to the government's efforts, which are focused on working to solve the country's specific problems, such as malnutrition. This would definitely not be possible without the cooperation and commitment of donors," Castillo added.
In addition, as president of the National Council for Food and Nutritional Security (CONASAN, its Spanish acronym), Vice President Castillo stated his commitment to address those aspects that can strengthen Guatemala's National Food and Nutritional Security Information System (SIINASAN, Its Spanish acronym), through the PiNN Project, which has been doing a plausible job.
Eduardo Say, coordinator of the PiNN Project, presented the main results of the project, which are summarized in the institutional strengthening not only through training, but also through the provision of technological inputs such as the development of computer applications for real-time data, web applications, creation of the Departmental and Municipal Information System for Food and Nutrition Security (SIDESAN and SIMSAN) in Totonicapán and its municipalities.
Finally, López thanked the Vice President for his interest in the development and contributions of the PiNN Project and in the search for strategies for the institutionalization and sustainability of information systems, which will enable the implementation of more effective social programs, and thanked the EU for the trust placed in CATIE to execute the funds allocated for this project.
Representatives of CATIE, the European Union and the PiNN Project during the
meeting with the Vice President of the Republic of Guatemala.
PiNN Coordinator /CATIE/UE