In Latin America, small-holder farmers are insufficiently prepared for the effects of climate change. Lack of knowledge, financial vulnerability and exhausted soil prevent them from exploiting their potential. Furthermore, small-holder farmers have limited access to the market. By changing these conditions in cooperation with the farmers themselves, we aim to improve food security and fight hunger, as well as creating rural areas with a future.
Our goal is to promote the livelihood strengthening of these low-income farming families by providing them with necessary tools and knowledge to use their water resources, forests, and soil in a sustainable manner – thus increasing their resilience towards the negative effects of climate change.
Our contribution to the SDGs
With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the international community has created a framework for joint solutions to overcome the major challenges we are currently facing – such as migration, climate change, environmental destruction, poverty and hunger. The Agenda names 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which define social, economic, and environmental policy milestones that should be reached worldwide by 2030. These goals apply to all countries – including Switzerland.
With the Food and Water Programme, we are contributing to the following SDGs:
Food and Water Projects in Guatemala
More than calories: Food diversity and improved health for Maya children in Santa Cruz La Laguna
In the village communities of Jaibalito and Santa Cruz La Laguna, over 70% of indigenous infants are malnourished. Families have unbalanced diets because of a lack of knowledge about what a healthy diet is. Many children can’t get enough nutrients from the limited amounts of food. The families learn in culturally adapted and practical workshops how they can widen the range of their diet with important foods by growing fruit and vegetables in their gardens.
Food and Water Projects in Honduras
Our programmes are co-financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA.