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Guatemala: Canadian Ambassador visits P4P projects

Guatemala: Canadian Ambassador visits P4P projects

Smallholder farmer Faustino  García lives in the dry corridor of the country where the Canadian Government supports over 17,000 families through the P4P programme.

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Members of the García family in the community of El Descombro, Camotán, Chiquimula pose with the Canadian Ambassador Hugues R. Rousseau and WFP Representative Guy Gauvreau.

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Benedicto  García (son of Faustino) is one of the  240 farmers in the Chortijol Cooperative.

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Visiting Rubenia Yanes’ maize plot who is a member of the Association of Agricultural Producers of the Laguna del Hoyo in Monjas, Jalapa.

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Canadian Ambassador Hugues R. Rousseau and WFP Representative Guy Gauvreau said  that “today we are seeing the results of cooperation and we are glad to see that the investments the Canadian Government has put towards these agricultural producers have turned out fruitful.”  


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The participation of women in this project has played a crucial role. It demonstrates their managerial talents and their capacity in leading their organizations to develop their communities

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“To me, it is important to prove that the alliances with local partners, the authorities and cooperation are of great benefit to the people. Today I see great heroes that love their country, their region and their people,” said Ambassador Rousseau who is greeted by the Mayor of the municipality of San Juan Ermita, Jorge Lemus.

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“We are very grateful because you have taken away our fear and have given us hope helping us demonstrate that women can do this job,” said
Gilda Zepeda.

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General view of members of the Association of Agricultural Producers of the Laguna del Hoyo in Monjas, Jalapa which has membership of 288 men and 40 women.

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Grain sacks harvested by the Chortijol Cooperative in San Juan Ermita, Chiquimula. To this day, WFP has purchased 46 tons of black beans.

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Marc Soler, Representative of the AECID (right) chats with Ambassador Rousseau and WFP Representative, Guy Gauvreau. “We are very pleased to know that the P4P initiative has given us the opportunity to be able to take more than what we were able to initially in the Copan Chortí community.”

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Ambassador Rousseau and Guy Gauvreau enjoying the local products.

The Canadian Ambassador in Guatemala, Hugues R. Rousseau, visited smallholder farmers participanting in the Purchases for Progress (P4P) project, which is supported by the Canadian Government and benefits 3,411 farmers and their 17,000 family members living in the so called Dry Corridor of the country.