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Food and nutrition security of the department of San Marcos
Description/achievement of initiative

Affected by the problem of chronic malnutrition and food insecurity in the country, the Guatemalan population faces limitations in being able to fully exercise their rights to food and nutrition, health, water, and sanitation, while perpetuating the cycle of poverty. Guatemala has one of the highest rates of children under nutrition in Latin America. An estimated 66% consists of indigenous children. The SDG-F works in the four municipalities of San Marcos to address this problem with a multidimensional approach based on a higher participation of children, youth, women and men in food security local governance mechanisms, including monitoring of health services secured by citizen, promotion of empowerment and participation of local leaders, especially women and strengthening of public local institutions.

Implementation methodologies

The SDG Fund programme has proposed a series of interventions to achieve the overall objective of contributing to food security and nutrition of women and children under 5 years. In 4 municipalities in San Marcos, the focus has been on strengthening local governance mechanisms and public institutions at the local, state and national level.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

Partner(s)

UN agencies: WHO, FAO, UNICEF and WFP

National partners: Ministry of Health and Public Assistance, Ministry of Agriculture, Secretariat of Food Security and Nutrition and Local Government
Progress reports
Goal 1
Goal 2
Goal 3
Goal 10
2016
Engagement of local government partners and other stakeholders in garnering community awareness of food security and nutrition practises
2016
Improvement of health services in terms of efficiency and quality
2016
Improvement of family capacity to generate income and ensure access to nutritious and diverse food
Financing (in USD)
3,800,000 USD

Basic information
Time-frame: 2015-01-15 - 2016-12-31
Partners
UN agencies: WHO, FAO, UNICEF and WFP

National partners: Ministry of Health and Public Assistance, Ministry of Agriculture, Secretariat of Food Security and Nutrition and Local Government
Countries
Contact information
Catherine Wong , Programme Analyst, catherine.wong@undp.org
United Nations