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Food and nutritional security systems to be scaled up to more Guatemalan departments
The PiNN project undertakes work tours in the departments prioritized during the Great National Crusade for Nutrition.
Eduardo Say, PiNN project coordinator, indicated that the prioritized departments are Quiché, Huehuetenango, Totonicapán, San Marcos, Quetzaltenango, Sololá, Jalapa, Chiquimula, Chimaltenango and Alta Verapaz, where the PiNN project, in its second phase, should develop the SIDESAN and SIMSAN.
According to the departmental delegates, these information systems are an important input for evidence-based decision making.
Juan Carlos Corado Muñoz, acting delegate of SESAN in the department of Alta Verapaz, said he is enthusiastic about this type of proposal because it will provide updated and relevant information of the territory and therefore will be able to make decisions and take actions at other levels in favor of food and nutritional security. Corado added that this type of system strengthens the visualization of SESAN's work in each of the departments.
Marta María Pacay, policy advisor for the PiNN project, reported that the Great National Crusade for Nutrition is the main strategy of the Government of Guatemala to promote health and nutrition; its goal is to reduce malnutrition by 5-7% and improve the nutrition of Guatemalan families, especially the most vulnerable, in response to the multiple causes of this problem.
The PiNN project, in its second phase, is being funded by the European Union in Guatemala and implemented by CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center), in coordination with SESAN. Its objective is to strengthen evidence-based nutrition governance in PiNN partner countries.