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.
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
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