Central American Food Security

CEntral american food security

Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua

CWS-supported greenhouses in Guatemala mean food for families to eat and to sell. Often, that means that family members do not have to migrate to find work elsewhere. Photo: Alex Morse / Foods Resource Bank.

Our CWS team and partners work to ensure that forced migration to urban areas or across borders is not the only way out of poverty for families in rural parts of Central America and that policies are enacted and enforced that support those in poverty.

CWS programs, implemented in partnership with Foods Resource Bank, aim to provide rural communities – especially women and youth – with access to technical assistance, training and economic opportunities. In the Honduran section of Central America´s dry corridor, partner Mennonite Commission of Social Action continued implementation of a multi-year plan that builds the skills and capacity of 600 participating families, community organizations in 14 locations and municipal authorities in the region.

The program includes livelihood diversification, assistance to set up women-led microbusinesses, housing improvements linked to hygiene and sanitation, community reforestation and cleanup campaigns and provision of technical support for effective community participation in municipal-level programs, policies and budgets.

In Guatemala, our team works with the Conference of Evangelical Churches of Guatemala to strengthen the food security and income-generating activities of 700 members of local indigenous associations. Women of all ages – including older women who still carry the trauma of the country´s armed conflict that formally ended in 1996 – apply knowledge and skills gained from CWS-supported trainings and technical assistance as they work in greenhouses, family vegetable gardens and their homes. Training sessions cover topics ranging from organic agriculture to livelihoods diversification and marketing of surpluses to civic participation and women rights.

In Nicaragua, demonstration farms run by partner Accion Medica Cristiana, as well as community promoters, bring innovation, training and technical support to indigenous farmers on the banks of the Rio Coco region on the Atlantic coast.

In Honduras,
600 Families
participate in CWS-supported food security activities.