Agriculture is the main sector of the Guatemalan economy, accounting for about 26% of GDP, and Guatemala is also among the countries with the highest levels of native biodiversity. However, the legacy of 36 years of civil war is visible, with high levels of inequality and food insecurity, more than 50% of the population below the poverty line, and 13% struggle to get the necessary food to survive.
However, Guatemala has a huge potential for expanding its agricultural production.
Making the move from traditional to modern beekeeping From the Maya to modern times, beekeeping has been a much respected rural activity in Guatemala. Then in recent years, production increased and a national association was formed. But internal disagreements soon saw a fall in production and sales. Then thanks to CDAIS, producers across the country
Moving from annual to tree crops – avocado farmers adapting and learning On 5 May 2018, the Association for Integrated Development of the Altiplano became formally established, and avocado farmers celebrated. “Today, we are so happy to have consolidated our consortium of eight producer associations from different municipalities in Sololá” explains Don Andrés, community leader
In the framework of the development of the CDAIS organizational analysis phase for the delivery of ‘innovation support services’, a workshop for facilitators from Guatemala and Honduras was held from 15 to 17 May 2018. The workshop aimed to develop skills for organizational analysis focused on bridging institutions that provide innovation support services. Participants from
Improving nutrition – from new partnerships promoting a new bean variety “Before, people were not really interested” says Lionel Ozorio, president of the ATESCATEL seed cooperative, “but CDAIS has helped to bring people together and now we see much more buy-in.” This innovation partnership is building key functional capacities amongst producer associations, and now, bringing
The CDAIS Guatemala innovation partnership on beans held the first of its intended activities on Monday 16th April in Atescatempa. A few kilometres from the El Salvador border in the dry south-east of the country, the department of Jutiapa suffers particularly from poor harvests, diets, and malnutrition, especially amongst mothers and children. In response, this
The National Innovation Facilitators (NIFs) are the field staff working daily with partnerships for the CDAIS project. They are the ones who move forward the project, meet them here! Meet Mandi! Meet Percy! Meet Fernando! Meet Cristian!
The CDAIS project, implemented in America Central by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation (AICS) as the Agrinatura representative and the FAO, organised a workshop around Facilitation of Innovation Processes, 5-9 February 2018, Guatemala City. Participants to the workshop were a group of 25 facilitators who accompany the different innovation partnerships: beans, potatoes, cocoa and
For its annual meeting in Laos, the CDAIS teams have prepared several posters to show recent activities and achievements in the eight pilot countries. Find the Guatemalan posters on the publications page.
The needs assessment validation process which had begun on September 2016 took place from 20th to 22nd March 2017. Results from previous workshops have been integrated on 22nd, to enable a clear presentation of demands to the potential suppliers on the 23rd, day of the Market Place. Both events took place in Antigua Guatemala, taking