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Cultivating

the Future

To contribute to the prevention and nutritional recovery of children through family gardens

This project will be linked to and built on the foundation and experience gathered from the Quaker Qrece project, which aims to contribute to the prevention, and the mild and moderate nutritional recovery of children aged 2 to 5 years diagnosed with weight/height, height/age indicators.

The project will implement the Farmer Field and Business School (FFBS) methodology, which is a gender transformative approach to food programs, where women and their families can strengthen their knowledge, skills, leadership, and trust in sustainable climate-sensitive agricultural practices; as well as in water and nutrition, diversification of means of subsistence, and participatory monitoring and evaluation processes.

The participating households will receive agricultural inputs and will be encouraged to establish their own home gardens and to plant a diverse variety of vegetables in a fixed plot throughout the year. In addition, those households will learn best practices in home food production through skill trainings for FFBS participants (young people, women, men, and extended family members). The training will focus on seeds and on sustainable/climate-intelligent and nutrient-sensitive agricultural techniques, as well as on additional nutritional training based on the FFBS modules. 

3,800

Participants

Women, children, teenagers, and men.

760

Families

200 indigenous Kaqchikel women from Chimaltenango, members of 20 groups (10 women per group).

5,000

Indirect participants

Who belong to the beneficiary communities, and who are staff members of public institutions. 

Objectives

To increase the availability and consumption of foods rich in micronutrients by increasing production through the implementation of family gardens intended for vulnerable families with children at risk of malnutrition.

To strengthen the organization and leadership of women for the implementation of communal or family gardens for the production of vegetables and medicinal plants for consumption.

To improve production, agricultural practices, and food consumption through the Farmer Field and Business School (FFBS) methodology for the proper management of the production of communal or family gardens.

Results

Partners

To guarantee the sustainability, tracking, and monitoring of productive activities, the interinstitutional coordination will continue to work with:

  • The Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN).
  • The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, and Food (MAGA). 
  • The Municipal Directorates for Women (DMM).
  • The University of San Carlos of Guatemala (USAC).

Areas covered