The Government of Guatemala has embraced policies and goals that reflect its commitment to nutrition and food security. The aim of the National Strategy to Prevent Chronic Malnutrition 2016–2020 is to reduce stunting among children under 5 by 10% by 2021, focusing primarily on nutrition and health during the 1,000 days from a woman’s pregnancy to her child’s second birthday in 136 municipalities from seven departments where the implementation of the priority interventions is being intensified. To achieve this target, FANTA is assisting the Government of Guatemala with promoting the integration of evidence-based nutrition interventions into the national budgeting and planning processes, promoting food-based recommendations to improve the diets of children and women, and strengthening national and local capacities in maternal and child nutrition.
To assist Guatemala in reaching its food and nutrition goals, FANTA’s activities include:
- Providing technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS) and the Ministry of Finance to incorporate nutrition into annual budgets and plans.
- Promoting the implementation of food-based recommendations by supporting the Government of Guatemala and USAID implementing partners to incorporate the adoption of the recommendations into national strategies and plans to improve diet diversity and quality, particularly of children and women.
- Strengthening the capacity of MSPAS to sustainably implement a course on maternal and child nutrition in the first 1,000 days to improve knowledge and skills related to the prevention of chronic malnutrition.
- Reviewing the status, prevention, and control of micronutrient deficiencies in Guatemala to guide the development of improved strategies and plans to reduce micronutrient deficiencies.
- In collaboration with HEP+, strengthening the capacities of civil society networks in maternal and child nutrition so that they can advocate for increased funding for nutrition and demand improvement of preventive nutrition services.