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Guatemala shared its experience in decentralization of actions for decision making in the area of nutrition

  • Its experience was shared through CATIE and SESAN in the framework of the NIPN global initiative.

December 2, 2021. Since 2017, Guatemala, in the municipality of Momostenango, department of Totonicapán, has implemented the National Information Platform for Nutrition (PiNN) project, an initiative of National Information Platforms for Nutrition(NIPN), which aims to contribute to the reduction of chronic malnutrition through information platforms that facilitate good decision-making in food security and nutrition. On November 29, this project, with the support of Data for Nutrition, held a webinar entitled: Learning from the decentralization of an information platform for nutrition in the municipality of Momostenango.

At this seminar, through CATIE (Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center) and in coordination with the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security of the Presidency of the Republic (SESAN, its Spanish acronym), the project shared Guatemala's experience on decentralization of actions for making timely and informed decisions on nutrition and food security.

According to Eduardo Say, coordinator of the PiNN project, the objective of this webinar was to share a successful example of a decentralized information platform with other member countries of the PiNN initiative, so that they can learn from the experience of the municipality of Momostenango, Guatemala, in terms of approach and findings. "The idea is to strengthen capacities in the use and analysis of data for evidence-based decision making," said Say. 

Say added that the experience of developing information systems in departments and municipalities, which gather multi-sectoral data and information on the food and nutrition security situation at the local level, facilitates the effectiveness of interventions to prevent malnutrition and, therefore, to improve food security conditions at the territorial level. 

Lizett Guzman, undersecretary of SESAN, explained that the first phase of the PiNN project in Guatemala was developed within the framework of the country's existing institutions and information systems, in order to strengthen the analysis of multi-sectoral data and generate evidence on food and nutrition security, related to health, nutrition, governance and planning through the National Food and Nutrition Security Information System (SIINSAN, its Spanish acronym).

Guzman explained that eight municipal information systems and one departmental system have been developed, all in the department of Totonicapán, starting in the municipality of Momostenango, thus strengthening governance mechanisms and information management.  

Guzmán also pointed out that technical capacities were improved at the national level for monitoring acute malnutrition and the social registry of households, among other strategic issues. 

Cristina Lopriore, international expert, who systematized a case study on the experience of Guatemala, presented the results and conclusions of this study, indicating that the PiNN project in Guatemala has the capacity to continue analyzing indicators relevant to nutrition, which can contribute to making better decisions on policies, programs and investments, making the project of high strategic value to monitor the progress of the implementation of concrete actions to achieve national nutrition goals. 

Finally, Julio López, CATIE's representative in Guatemala, indicated that with the implementation of the information platforms, not only have great advances and impacts been achieved, but also the initiative has been guided in a decentralized manner, thanks to the technical and financial support of the European Union delegation in Guatemala.


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Eduardo Say
PiNN Project
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Ninoshka Lou
 PiNN Project/CATIE
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