Strengthening Indigenous Communities in Guatemala



In collaboration with the Mayan NGO PRODESSA, the project supports 1050 people in 6 Poqomchi' communities in improving food production and environmental management through sustainable agriculture.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The department of Alta Vera Paz has the lowest development indicators in Guatemala. Indigenous Poqomchi' communities are located on fragile mountainsides, degraded through slash and burn agriculture. Families face high food insecurity, poor health conditions, and lack of access to education and health services. They survive on limited income from coffee and cardamom production, and by growing corn for consumption. Communities are vulnerable to natural disasters, such as Hurricane Mitch in 1998.

How will this project solve this problem?

Experiment with techniques for ecologically sound agriculture. Spread approaches that demonstrate success through exchange visits and trainings.

Potential Long Term Impact

The project strengthens a network of community sustainable agriculture promoters.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $50

Funding Policy: subsidized/guaranteed

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $50 as of Jun 9, 2004.  The original project funding goal was $30,000.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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