Increasing Crops, Protecting Land in Guatemala

by Vecinos Mundiales Guatemala

Summary

In collaboration with the Mayan group PRODESSA, the project benefits 5,900 people in Poqomchi' villages to increase food production and protect the environment through sustainable agriculture.
$1,500
total raised
13
donors
0
monthly donors
10
years active

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.

Solution

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

Long-Term Impact

Starting with the urgent need of improving crop yields, the program will organize Mayan communities to gain training that can address health, increased income and other community priorities.

Additional Documentation

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

Resources

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Organization Information

Vecinos Mundiales Guatemala

Location: Guatemala City - Guatemala
Website: http:/​/​www.vmgua.org/​
Vecinos Mundiales Guatemala
Project Leader:
Elmer Lopez
Area Representative, Mesoamerica
Guatemala City, Guatemala, Guatemala

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