Food For Progress in Guatemala
Farmers, Guatemala’s Ministry of Agriculture, agricultural extension agents, and community leaders.
We are working with farming communities and Guatemala’s government to increase agricultural productivity, expand market access, and address food security challenges.
35 municipalities across the departments of Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, San Marcos, and Quiché
We are training farming cooperatives to improve agricultural productivity, enhancing the skills and technical knowledge of agricultural extension agents, and strengthening the capacity of Guatemala’s Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food to expand agricultural production and trade.
Twenty-five years ago, ongoing civil war caused poverty to spread across Guatemala. Men migrated to find work, leaving women behind without the skills needed to maintain their family farms. At the same time, the government suspended its National Rural Extension System, the country’s only program for teaching farming techniques and nutrition to rural communities. The combined impact was devastating: hunger worsened and childhood malnutrition soared, reaching 42 percent countrywide and 90 percent in some indigenous communities.
Counterpart’s Food for Progress program in Guatemala improves the ability of local communities to increase their agricultural production and improve their livelihoods. By delivering farming knowledge and tools into the country’s most neglected communities, to help build markets for rural agriculture, we helped deliver a permanent, scalable solution to improve livelihoods. The program:
Funders: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Collaborators: Guatemala’s Ministry of Agriculture; School of Agriculture of University of San Carlos; Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School; University of California at Davis.