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Technical assistance to the support programme for the national politic of nutritional security of Guatemala and its strategic plan

Rural Development and Environment
Secretaría de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional de la Presidencia
Donor Organisation: 
European Commission (EC)
Associated Enterprises: 
AFC Consultants International
EPTISA internacional
Project Volume: 
Value of Services: 
Start of project: 
October, 2010
End of project: 
November, 2014

Guatemala occupies the first place in Latin America and the forth place in the world as to the prevalence of chronic infant malnutrition, affecting severely the indigenous and rural population. There are various structural reasons which affect availability of , access to, consumption and biological use of food. This requires a multi-sectorial answer.

The Strategic Plan for Nutritional and Food Security (PESAN) identified the activities of the different public entities having an impact on food security (among which ministries of education, health, agriculture, environment, finances, economy, various social funds etc.) as well as respective budget allocations with the goal to effectively coordinate the actions in 135 prioritized municipalities.

The Presidential Secretariat for Nutritional and Food Security (SESAN) was the responsible entity for coordination of the PESAN implementation. The EC supported this though sectorial budgetary support.

Project details


General Objective: Support the Government of Guatemala implementing its National Policy of Nutritional and Food Security and its respective Strategic Plan aimed at poverty reduction, reduction of the food insecurity and the chronic infant malnutrition attending the most vulnerable population in the rural areas within the priority municipalities identified by the government.

Specific Objective: Support the Guatemalan Government to improve and consolidate the institutional capacities (planning, programing, information and monitoring) for implementation of PESAN 2009-2012, as well as in the communication and visibility activities of the EU budgetary support program.


During the implementation period of the contract, the consortium/GOPA intervened with the following actions to achieve the results:

  • Strengthening the capacities of SESAN in planning, coordination, integration and monitoring of the interventions aimed at improvement of the nutritional food security in coordination with public sector, the civil society and the international cooperation bodies.
  • Support SESAN in the elaboration of a dossier concerning the fulfilment of the conditions and indicators of the budgetary support (total of 38 Mio EUR) in order to release fixed and variable tranches.
  • Support SESAN in consolidating its management capacities of the information systems related to nutritional food security, in order to focus and prioritize public expenditures.
  • Elaboration of a study for prioritization of districts vulnerable to chronical malnutrition and support the elaboration of national surveys.
  • Advice to SESAN for integrating a goals system of PESAN and its respective monitoring and evaluation system of the indicators, which allow the evaluation of their fulfillment.
  • Assessment of the operability and sustainability of the Governmental Plan “Plan Hambre Cero” (“plan zero hunger”) drawn from 2012 and contributing therewith to the economic and social development of the poorest and most excluded rural sectors, and by the end improve the social equity and cohesion within the Guatemalan society.
  • Elaboration of a conceptual framework and action plan in the topic of seasonal hunger, in order to reduce the acute infantile malnutrition and implement the right for food.
  • Elaboration of a methodology for the generation of temporary communal employment (“Generación del Empleo Temporal Comunitario” - GETCo) to reduce the seasonal hunger in rural sectors as well as infantile malnutrition and mortality.
  • Support to the effective functioning of forums for interinstitutional coordination of the entities linked to the implementation of PESAN, on national as well as district level.
  • Elaboration of studies and stakeholder maps , to improve the local management in nutritional food security.
  • Support the institutional strengthening of the National Council for Nutritional and Food Security (Consejo Nacional de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional
  • Technical assistance to encourage the participation of the civil society in the implementation and monitoring of PESAN.
  • Technical assistance for the revision and update of PESAN 2009-2012 and its baseline and support in the formulation of PESAN 2013-2020.
  • Participation in and contribution to the work and coordination tables - defined by the EU delegation - on the integration of cross-cutting topics (gender, indigenous people and environment);
  • Development and implementation of a communication and visibility plan, in conformity with the EU visibility manual;
  • Participation in the communication and visibility network of the EU delegation;
  • Elaboration of promotional material and organization of fairs, study tours, workshops and conferences.
  1. Institutional capacities of the governmental entities strengthened, technically specialized and sustainable, in the fields of planning, implementation, follow-up, monitoring and evaluation of PESAN 2009-2012,.
  2. Information system of PESAN 2009-2012 standardized and harmonized in key issues, allowing its monitoring and evaluation in the fulfilment of its targets and indicators.
  3. The interinstitutional coordination of the entities linked to the implementation of PESAN is effective, with particular attention to the already defined in the law “SINASAN”, including the support to the Multi-sectorial Board of Nutrition and Food Security.
  4. The visibility of the European Union’s support to the Government of Guatemala for the implementation of the national SAN policy and of PESAN 2009-2012 is guaranteed in accordance with a communication plan, which includes the disclosure of sufficient information and the participation in communication forums.