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Food and nutrition security of the department of San Marcos

Engaging the community to fight against chronic malnutrition in women and children in San Marcos

Faced with 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. For this reason, the country, together with development partners, is committed to increase efforts to end hunger and malnutrition.

The programme

The SDG Fund programme proposes 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 will be on strengthening local governance mechanisms and public institutions at the local, state and national level.

The approach

The programe aims to:

  • Engage local government partners and other stakeholders in garnering community awareness of food security and nutrition practices, gender issues and sustainability.
  • Improving health services in terms of efficiency and quality.
  • Improving family capacity to generate income and have access to nutritious and diverse foods.

Quick facts

Country: Guatemala
Total programme budget: $3.8 million
% funded by SDG-F: 39%
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
Duration: December 12, 2014 to June 30, 2017


Joint Programme Document - Guatemala

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Final Evaluation Joint Programme - Guatemala (Spanish version)

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Final Narrative Report - Guatemala

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