Tuvimos la oportunidad de conversar con Dr. Elias Raymundo Raymundo actual Gerente General del Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología Agrícola (ICTA) acerca de la reunión número 60 del PCCMCA, que se llevará a cabo en la Ciudad de Guatemala este año 2015.
¿Cómo podemos crear alimentos más nutritivos para toda la población? Alimentos como el arroz, camote, papa, yuca, maíz y frijol. En nuestro primer boletín del Comité Nacional de Biofortificación presentamos a los investigadores guatemaltecos del Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología (ICTA) quienes dirigen el desarrollo de cultivares biofortificados en Guatemala. A continuación se presentan los perfiles de los investigadores, información sobre sus esfuerzos y sus esperanzas con respecto a la biofortificación en Guatemala.
Necesidad de unir esfuerzos
Aproximadamente la mitad de los niños en Guatemala sufren desnutrición crónica . La mayoría de ellos pertenecen a las comunidades rurales. En dichas comunidades el consumo de alimentos industriales se mantiene en un nivel bajo. Por esa razón, los cultivos biofortificados representan una gran oportunidad para Guatemala.
Over the past three years, Rotary International has played a key role in the success of Semilla Nueva. In 2013 Semilla Nueva became a recipient of a Rotary Global Grant thanks to the collaboration of more than 13 clubs in Guatemala and the United States. This grant provided us with $60,000 to support sustainable agriculture and food security groups in five communities in the coastal Department of Retalhuleu. In 2014 the grant was renewed for the same five communities and programs for an additional year.
Nine national and international organizations met with Semilla Nueva farmers and their families at the First National Conference, which took place in the experimental and training field on Wednesday, October 29.
Nine organizations both national and international came together with Semilla Nueva’s farmers and their families at the first National Farmer Conference at the Semilla Nueva Experimental and Training Center Wednesday, October 29th.
On Sunday October 5th, Jennifer Brito, Haley Kirk, and six women from the community Santa Fe La Presa woke up bright and early to participate in the Agroecology and Nutrition Fair held by the Catholic Health Ministry in Retalhuleu. The event took place in the central park in front of the Catholic Church and ran from 6 in the morning until 12 in the afternoon. The goal of the event was to promote natural, organic, and nutritious products. The health ministry aims to combat malnutrition, end bad dietary habits like eating excessive junk food, and promote growing nutritious food within the home.
“Uniting efforts” is not as easy as it may seem. This phrase represents the challenge of integration and collaboration that was presented to five communications coordinators who met at the International Center of Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Cali, Colombia, from October 1st-3rd 2014.
By: Haley Kirk
My friends from the states that I work with like to tell me that I’m “immersed”. I’m the most Guatemalan gringa that they know. It would come as no surprise then, that I love tortillas. Many people who come to visit Guatemala get bored with the taste quickly or decide to turn down the extra carbohydrates. I, on the other hand, love them in all shapes and sizes, whether they are hand formed or made with a press, whether they are made from white, yellow, or blue corn, and whether they are soft and doughy or crispy like a tostada. I do not discriminate against tortillas.
Last week three donors flew down to Guatemala from Boise, Idaho with one goal: to see, feel, smell and taste the work of Semilla Nueva. This trip is designed for people who want to be at the heart of the hands-on, day-to-day work of Semilla Nueva in rural communities. Donors immersed themselves in Guatemalan culture by spending a week working alongside farmers in their communities.