On Wednesday, August 13th 2015, 14 organizations came together to sign an agreement and officially launch the Plataforma BioFORT in Guatemala. The event was held in the sunny garden of Guatemala’s Ministry of Agriculture (MAGA) and featured brief presentations by several representatives from the founding institutions. Plataforma BioFORT is a multi-institutional effort to coordinate knowledge, resources, and manpower across organizations in Guatemala to promote and further develop biofortified crops. The ultimate goal is to bring these highly nutritious crops to more rural families and reduce malnutrition rates across the country. Continue reading “14 Organizations Sign Agreement to Unite Efforts for a Biofortified Guatemala”
The walls of the Semilla Nueva office are lined with photos of the various “generations” of the organization –a pictorial view of the people and projects that have been part of our journey. Scanning through them evokes many of the same reactions as looking at one’s own childhood photo album – both feelings of pride as to how far we’ve come, as well as questions like, “how did we think THAT was a good idea?” Continue reading “Semilla Nueva Joins the International Conversation on Sustainable Agriculture”
Malnutrition and the Potential of QPM in Guatemala
In Semilla Nueva’s communities, only 1 out of every 2 children is malnourished. The word “only” sounds disturbing in that sentence, but 50% sounds like a reasonable figure when compared to 70%, or the percentage of children that face chronic malnutrition within rural indigenous communities in Guatemala. Guatemala struggles with hunger on a frightening scale – ranked as the country with the 4th highest rate of chronic malnutrition.
Can you believe we’re already half way through the year? Neither can we. Check out the photoblog we’ve put together to review our year so far in photos.
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.