The Ambassador of Canada to Guatemala, Stuart Savage, and WFP Representative, Mario Touchette, met with Guatemala’s government officials, to launch the project known as ”Maíz chapín contra el hambre” (Guatemalan Maize against Hunger). The project is to support the efforts of Guatemala to increase agricultural productivity and reduce malnutrition, and support the resilience of the communities involved and the empowerment of women with the ultimate goal of ending hunger in the country.
Expectations of future participants were shared by Petrona Tiul who spoke on behalf of the community: "I am Petrona Tiul, originally from Colonia Santiaguito, de El Estor, Izabal. It has been 12 years since my husband died and I have raised my children and moved on, I have 7 kids. I am not educated but I know, I can, and I want, to encourage Kekchi Maya women to keep moving forward and continue participating, because it's worth it and we have the right to do it."
Canada's ambassador visited “la Asociación ECA San Vicente.” Domingo Pop, expressed on behalf of the organization, how happy they were that the corn and beans they produced will be used in WFP humanitarian operations to fight undernutrition.
The ECA San Vicente, an organization that participated in the pilot initiative of Purchase for Progress (P4P), has doubled their production and raised their quality, so that they can participate in bids that the local food production industry will launch to produce the fortified complementary food for projects to eradicate child malnutrition.