Guatemala in FAO
Guatemala in FAO
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Guatemala is a founding member of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The office representing the FAO in Guatemala (referred to as Country Office) was established in the year 1964, through Decree 238.
However, it was not until 2003 that the representation became an office led by a FAOR/Technical Officer with a seat in the host country. Between 2006 and 2013, the office was led by a series of interim representatives (seven in total). The current representative (FAOR) is the first one to carry out duties continuously since 2014.
Between 2013 and 2016, the WFP has implemented a total of 62 projects in Guatemala, of which 25 were national, 32 regional, and 5 global. Within the national projects, 14 were financed by the FAO Technical Cooperation Program (PCT in Spanish), one through Government Unilateral Funds (UTF in Spanish), and ten through trust funds.
Main donors to the program have been Sweden, Brazil, Belgium, the European Union, Spain, Italy, and Mexico. Italy participated as a donor for the project Agrocadenas, and for a resilience project destined to coffee producers.
In Guatemala, the FAO supports public institutions through capacity building; it backs the generation and revision of national politics and plans, such as the Probosque Law (forestry), the Comprehensive Rural Development Policy (PNDRI in Spanish) and the Family Agriculture Program of the Strengthening of Farming Economy (PAFFEC in Spanish); it works for food security and nutrition for Guatemalans and for hunger eradication; it seeks rural development and drives family farming (AF in Spanish).
It has also included social protection and decent rural employment in its agenda; it works in the areas of environment and natural resources, as well as climate change. Furthermore, it supports processes related to the Parliamentary Front against Hunger (FPH in Spanish) – Guatemalan chapter.