Authorities of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food of Guatemala, with the support of FAO and the European Union, promote a program to strengthen family farming.
That is why, according to the Guatemalan portfolio on Tuesday, they held a strategic institutional planning workshop, organized by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the European Union.
This meeting, supported by the plan Impact, Resilience, Sustainability and Transformation of Food and Nutritional Security, was aimed at updating the operating models of this distinguished program of the Ministry.
This is in the framework of results-based management and the strengthening of public policies aimed at improving food and nutrition security in Guatemala.
In the meeting participated, among others, representatives of the Vice Ministries of Agricultural Health and Regulations; Rural Economic Development, and the Directorates of Regional Coordination and Rural Extension, Planning and Productive Infrastructure of this portfolio, as well as the Secretariat of Planning and Programming of the Presidency (SEGEPLAN).
In Latin America and the Caribbean, FAO estimates that between 50 and 80 percent of the food consumed by urban and rural populations is produced by family farming; while in Guatemala, six out of every ten Guatemalans live in rural areas and most of them work in activities related to agriculture.
The FAO points out that more than 90 percent of the 570 million farms worldwide are managed by an individual or a family and depend mainly on family labor.
Therefore, during the ten years, the importance of the investment of policies in this regard, the guarantee of natural resources, the improvement of inclusive markets or the adaptation of climate change will be highlighted.
In recent years, Guatemala has opted to strengthen the local economy taking into account family farming as a strategic axis to combat poverty and reduce malnutrition, thus creating social protection programs to facilitate the fulfillment of this objective.
An example is the School Feeding Law, which requires, among other things, that 50 percent of the food for the school feeding program come from family farming, to reach at least 70 percent in a period of 6 years .