- Supporting the eradication of malnutrition
Through our research and biofortification program, the Alliance has helped combat malnutrition in Guatemala by developing, distributing and promoting biofortified crops rich in micronutrients such as iron (beans), zinc (rice and corn) and vitamin A (cassava and sweet potato). The ICTA Petén bean variety, released in Guatemala in 2010, was part of the first group of biofortified crops in the world, and is now consumed by many people in the country.
Since 2017, with the donation of biofortified sedes, our Basic Grains program has supported MAGA to produce certified seed and distribute them through the ‘Seeds for All’ program. Furthermore, with our School Snack Menu project we evaluate and include underutilized and/or forgotten species to support the conservation of nutritional ingredients of the traditional Guatemalan diet.
The Alliance has been supporting and strengthening capacities in data analysis for agriculture, in coordination with local institutions. Central America has been one of the regions where processes for the development of digital agriculture with data-driven decision-making has been promoted the most. Due to its high vulnerability to climate variability, we continue to research measures, tools and strategies to facilitate climate adaptation and resilience in this region.
- Women in the agricultural sector
We have analyzed gender inclusion in sustainable agriculture initiatives and supported the country's leadership in regional dialogues within the framework of the Sustainable Agriculture Strategy Adapted to Climate for the SICA (Central American Integration System) region. We also work with partners to strengthen the participation of rural women and Young people in inclusive value chains. We research the role of gender in household decision-making and nutrition, and have measured the impact of biofortified bean consumption on the health of rural adolescent women.