Guatemala’s Zero Hunger Pact receives support from WFP, Canada

 

Jennifer Mejía (2 years old), receives from her mother, Hilda Macario her first teaspoons of the fortified complementary food “Mi Comidita” in Totonicapán. Copyright: WFP/ Francisco Fión

Jennifer Mejía (2 years old), receives from her mother, Hilda Macario her first teaspoons of the fortified complementary food “Mi Comidita” in Totonicapán.
Copyright: WFP/ Francisco Fión

13 March 2014 – Totonicapán, Guatemala –  The government of Guatemala, in cooperation with the World Food Programme and with support from the Government of Canada, has launched a new program to bolster the national Zero Hunger Pact (Pacto Hambre Cero).

The Government of Canada donated $2 million dollars to Guatemala for the manufacturing of “Mi Comidita”, a fortified food supplement and pilot project in the department of Totonicapán with the aim of assisting 3,000 pregnant and nursing mothers and their children. The project was launched last week by the Government of Guatemala and WFP with support from the Canadian Embassy, with President Otto Perez Molina and Vice President Roxana Baldetti receiving the first bag of the “Mi Comidita” powder food supplement from WFP Representative to Guatemala, Mario Touchette.

“It is with the motto ‘With love one grows better’ that we launch this product. “Mi Comidita” is the result of our global expertise in the fight against hunger. Besides launching ‘Mi Comidita’, we will participate in the ‘Fair of 1000 Days’ to support Guatemalan children and in Guatemala’s Plan of the Zero Hunger Pact,” said WFP Representative, Mario Touchette.

The “Mi Comidita” product distribution will support the efforts of the national Zero Hunger Pact coordinated by the Secretariat of Food and Nutritional Security (SESAN) and the “Capacity Building Plan to prevent chronic malnutrition in Totonicapán” to provide 17,000 children in the area nutrients during the ‘window of opportunity’ or the first 1000 days of life. The programme will also provide training to 300 “Mother Peer Counselors” under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

“Canada is proud to be a member of this alliance to combat hunger and malnutrition, especially among the Guatemalan children 6 to 24 months,” said Canadian Ambassador to Guatemala, Stuart Savage. “This is an investment in the future of the country children who receive adequate nutrition, suffer fewer illnesses throughout their lives, will be more likely to complete their education and achieve their potential in the future. Thus, they are able to contribute to the development of their families and communities. “

The Pacto Hambre Cero was announced by President Molina in 2012, when he committed to reducing chronic malnutrition in children under five years of age by 10 percent before the end of his Presidential tenure in 2016.

Learn more about the national Zero Hunger Pact in this brief by Scaling Up Nutrition Movement.

View the WFP Photo Gallery from the Launching of “Mi Comidita” here.