Guatemala

Ricardo Montaner y PADF Lanzan Campaña Humanitaria para Ayudar a Víctimas de la Erupción del Volcán de Fuego en Guatemala

Lanzan campaña humanitaria dirigida a ayudar a víctimas en las zonas más afectadas por la erupción del Volcán de Fuego en los departamentos de Sacatepéquez, Escuintla y Chimaltenango a 50 kilómetros al oeste de la capital guatemalteca.

Washington, DC (14 de junio de 2018) — La Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (PADF, por sus siglas en inglés), el brazo humanitario de Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA), une fuerzas con el cantautor venezolano Ricardo Montaner, para responder con ayuda humanitaria a Guatemala tras la erupción del Volcán de Fuego. El volcán produjo una violenta erupción el pasado domingo 3 de junio, lanzando material volcánico a las aldeas más cercanas, causando la muerte de al menos 110 personas, y dejando a su paso 57 heridos, 197 desaparecidos, 3.652 albergados, 12.823 evacuados, y afectando a más de 1,7 millones de personas.

Por medio de un emotivo mensaje personal, Ricardo Montaner insta a las personas a contribuir. “Queridos amigos, Guatemala ha sufrido una pérdida incalculable, muchísimo dolor. Entre todos podríamos ayudar a muchísima gente.  Ponte la mano en el corazón y date cuenta de lo que eres capaz de conseguir con tu donación,” expresa Montaner.  El cantautor venezolano se ha comprometido a motivar al público y a corporaciones por medio de sus redes y plataformas sociales a donar en apoyo a Guatemala. Para ver el mensaje, visite: https://youtu.be/xHosMaC8dU8

El equipo local de PADF en Guatemala está trabajando con sus aliados locales para dar apoyo a las personas más afectadas. “Esta erupción ha sido la más violenta del volcán en Guatemala en un siglo. Nuestra prioridad es ayudar a los más vulnerables para minimizar el impacto humano, económico y social que este tipo de situaciones provoca en un país,” dijo Katie Taylor, Directora Ejecutiva de PADF. “Nuestra Fundación trabaja con organizaciones locales y grupos comunitarios para asegurar que su donativo llegue eficientemente a donde más se necesita,” recalcó Taylor. 

Las familias que han perdido sus hogares necesitarán apoyo de largo plazo para reconstruir sus viviendas, infraestructuras como escuelas, recuperar el acceso a los servicios y sus medios de vida, y restituir su estabilidad. Enfocados en estos esfuerzos de recuperación y reconstrucción, PADF coordinará con las comunidades y gobiernos locales, así como con los donantes internacionales para ayudar a las comunidades afectadas a recuperarse después de tan trágico incidente.

A través de este esfuerzo apoyado por Ricardo Montaner, el cantante y compositor de reggaetón estadounidense Nicky Jam, el actor y modelo Argentino Horacio Pancheri, entre otras figuras públicas, PADF ha hecho una convocatoria internacional para recaudar un millón de dólares para cubrir las principales necesidades de los más necesitados en Guatemala. 

Para más información y para contribuir, visite:https://www.padf.org/ayuda-guatemala-volcan-fuego

Acerca de PADF
La Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (PADF) es el brazo humanitario de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA).  Establecida en 1962 por medio de un acuerdo especial por la OEA, PADF fomenta el progreso social, fortalece a las comunidades vulnerables, responde a los desastres de origen natural y las crisis humanitarias y promueve los derechos humanos y la democracia. 

Para más información, visite:  www.padf.org.
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Contacto para unirse a esta campaña humanitaria:
María-Esmeralda Paguaga,
+1(571)237-2290 |  mepaguaga@yahoo.com

Contacto de prensa:
Luisa Villegas, Oficina de Comunicaciones, PADF
+1(202)458-3969 | connect@padf.org   

Contactos de Ricardo Montaner:
http://ricardomontaner.mx
https://twitter.com/montanertwiter
https://www.instagram.com/ricardomontaner/

PADF to Help Guatemalans Recover After Volcano Eruption, Accepting Donations

Washington, DC (June 5, 2018) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is accepting public donations to aid recovery and reconstruction efforts in Guatemala after the Fuego volcano eruption on June 3.

The eruption has killed at least 70 people and forced over 3,200 more to evacuate their homes. Now, local residents do not know when they will be able to return home – or if their homes are still standing. Streams of pyroclastic flow destroyed buildings, property, and possessions. The Guatemalan National Disaster Response Agency (CONRED) estimates that over 1.7 million people have been affected by the eruption.

The PADF team in Guatemala is assessing damages on the ground and preparing to assist those who were affected by the disaster. Families who have lost their homes will need long-term support to reconstruct buildings, regain access to services, and reestablish stable lives. Focusing on recovery and reconstruction efforts, PADF coordinates with local communities, local governments, and international donors to help affected communities recover.

“PADF stands in solidarity with victims and their families,” said Katie Taylor, Executive Director at PADF. “We are mobilizing a disaster recovery effort so that families have the means to recover their normal lives and prevent future eruptions from becoming disasters. Everyone can lend a hand in this time of need. Monetary donations will help families recover even faster.”

Donations may be made through this webpage: www.padf.org/help-guatemala-fuego-volcano

PADF has responded to many of the Western Hemisphere’s worst disasters since its founding in 1962. As the humanitarian arm of the Organization of American States (OAS), PADF activates post-disaster recovery efforts and simultaneously promotes disaster preparedness and resilience in vulnerable communities.

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The Pan American Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites civil society, governments, and the private sector to promote sustainable livelihoods, strengthen democracy, promote justice and security, and improve disaster resilience in Latin America and the Caribbean. Established by the Organization of American States in 1962, PADF has worked in every country in the region. Last year, more than 10 million people benefited from PADF’s work in sustainable community development. For more information, visit www.padf.org.

How a Flood-Prone Community Built Safer Streets for Vulnerable Families

By Avelene Chuang, Diplomatic Fellow at PADF. She works with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan. Before joining PADF, she served as a desk officer on Thailand and Myanmar affairs at the ministry. At PADF, she is especially focused on supporting projects sponsored by Taiwan.

A Guatemalan community is celebrating something that's made the whole community safer: a paved road and walkway.

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El Campanero is a low-income community in Mixco, Guatemala that is highly vulnerable to flooding and landslides. Instead of properly draining away, torrential rains erode the community’s steep muddy paths and create unsafe walking and transportation conditions for those who live along the steep embankments, including the elderly, young children, people with disabilities, and disadvantaged families. For thousands of Guatemalans living in poor and marginalized communities like El Campanero, the rainy season poses a serious danger to the residents’ lives, their homes, and prospects for a better future.

Guatemala is among the world’s most vulnerable countries to disasters. In Guatemala City alone, over 800,000 people are considered at high risk to landslides. Because of the country’s rugged terrain, many communities are built on precariously steep hillsides and are considered particularly vulnerable to disasters as a result of heavy rain, landslides, earthquakes, and volcanoes.

On September 23, 2017, community members inaugurated a newly paved road constructed largely by the community members themselves. For the first time, they can climb up and down concrete stairs using a secure handrail and walk along a road with drainage constructed to withstand the next severe storm.

For more than 500 of the neighborhood’s residents, the new road means improved access to their homes. It also means a weight lifted off their shoulders. Now, whenever rain falls it will be efficiently channeled down the hillside through high-capacity drainage canals and into the ravine below. Previously, the rain would have saturated the ground, eroded the soil, and toppled homes perched along the hillside. Community members on the steep hillside no longer have to live in fear of such events.

John Lai, Taiwanese Ambassador to Guatemala, celebrates with local leaders and PADF at the ribbon cutting ceremony on September 23.

John Lai, Taiwanese Ambassador to Guatemala, celebrates with local leaders and PADF at the ribbon cutting ceremony on September 23.

PADF carried out this infrastructure project with generous financial support from Taiwan. Through its project “Yo Me Preparo” (I’m Getting Prepared, in English), PADF has worked closely with the Municipality of Mixco to help residents become more resilient to disasters. With Taiwan’s assistance, PADF improved the ability of 36,000 people across Mixco to prepare for and recover more quickly from disasters. This work focused on building disaster resistant infrastructure, providing training to disaster response teams, and organizing disaster preparedness and response brigades. PADF investments also allowed residents of vulnerable communities to become certified disaster responders within the Guatemalan natural disaster response system (CONRED). PADF led community engagement and discussion forums that enabled residents to identify, map, and prioritize disaster risks and to develop their own strategies to reduce those risks.

Community members organized to widen the road, preparing it for pavement.

Community members organized to widen the road, preparing it for pavement.

Similar to Guatemala, Taiwan is highly vulnerable to landslides as it is regularly hit by typhoons and earthquakes. In fact, a World Bank report also places Taiwan as one of the world’s most at-risk countries to natural hazards. In light of this, communities across Taiwan have formed disaster preparedness and response brigades. These brigades are highly organized, trained, and equipped to deal with life-threatening events. Taiwan has also made substantial investments in disaster resistant infrastructure–including roads, bridges, and high-capacity drainage systems. These investments reduce the negative effects of disasters and allow the Taiwanese people to bounce back more quickly from extreme events.

As Taiwan has developed its own disaster resistant communities, it is also committed to helping international communities to mitigate the effects of disasters. Taiwan has partnered with PADF to sponsor disaster risk reduction projects across Latin America and the Caribbean, including in Haiti, Honduras, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Belize, and Guatemala.

John Lai, Taiwanese Ambassador to Guatemala, delivers a speech at the inauguration ceremony.

John Lai, Taiwanese Ambassador to Guatemala, delivers a speech at the inauguration ceremony.

In Guatemala, Taiwan’s support through PADF enabled community members to obtain the necessary tools, machinery, supplies, and technical experts to complete the infrastructure construction project. Meanwhile, members of the community identified the street and selected the construction site based on the high level of danger it posed to those living there. They then provided the manual labor for widening the path, relocating electrical poles, excavating the drainage canals, and paving the walkway.

“What I consider most inspiring about this community is that women have really led the way throughout the entire process. Most of those doing the heavy lifting were actually women. Anyone who doubts the ability of women to build better, more resilient communities hasn’t met the women of El Campanero,” says PADF Technical Manager Lucia de España. “Every day, women and men worked side by side to construct this street. Today we celebrate their strength and dedication to creating a better future.”

An El Campanero community member excavates the road construction area.

An El Campanero community member excavates the road construction area.

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The El Campanero community thanks Taiwan for its financial support and PADF for coordinating the project and making their community a safer place. Ambassador John Lai of Taiwan to Guatemala also extended his appreciation at the event to everyone involved in the project to make it possible.

After five months of construction, community members have a paved concrete road and a sturdy 70-step stairway. Thanks to the partnership between Taiwan, PADF, the Municipality of Mixco and other local partners, the El Campanero community members can safely access their homes without looming concerns of insecurity during the rainy season.


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Realistic Disaster Simulation Prepares Communities & Authorities

Guatemala is one of the most disaster-prone nations in the world. Between droughts, floods, volcano eruptions, earthquakes and landslides, Guatemala is geographically placed to experience a major disaster event more frequently than other countries.

And aside from its geographic placement, its weak infrastructure often amplifies the negative effects of weather hazards. PADF is working with local authorities in reducing the risk of disaster by making key changes to infrastructure and preparation.

But disaster events are often unforeseen. How can officials prepare to save more lives in the hours and days after a disaster?

In a simulation held by PADF on September 2 and 3, local disaster teams (called COLREDs) in Guatemala trained to respond to disaster situations. Local community members role-played as disaster victims, acting desperate with injuries painted on their skin, as COLRED members trained in first response and disaster recovery.

The simulation was part of the Yo Me Preparo project, funded by Taiwan.

More than 180 disaster response personnel - including firefighters, national police, and national disaster defense - were trained in the simulation. They learned about evacuation and security systems, first response, and emergency planning.

In addition, mechanisms were shown for saving the highest quantity of people possible in any disaster situation.

In Guatemala, communities built on steep hillsides are especially prone to experiencing landslides. Therefore, it was vital that COLRED members trained in excavating people and rescuing those who had been trapped inside their homes.

At the end of the day, participants were reminded of the importance of preparing for rainy season, when soil gets water-logged and loses its adhesiveness. Each community should work together to take preparative measures before the threat of a disaster, because Guatemala depends on its local disaster personnel to save lives.

Urban Disaster Resilience Workshop in Guatemala

July 18, 2017 - In Guatemala City and its surrounding urban areas, many poor families are forced to live on steep hillsides in lieu of flat terrain. Living on hillsides makes already at-risk families even more vulnerable, often putting their entire livelihoods at stake. An especially rainy week combined with a small tremor or earthquake could be disastrous for thousands of families living in precarious situations.

Every time there's a disaster it's evident: Guatemala needs to improve its capability to prepare for and mitigate disaster.

On Wednesday, July 12, PADF and partners hosted a workshop on urban resilience, titled the "First Urban Resilience Meeting." The event was part of the Yo Me Preparo project, which focuses on disaster risk reduction in Guatemalan hillside communities. The project is funded by Taiwan and implemented by PADF.

The day's objective was to share knowledge and bring an array of experiences and perspectives to the table. By engaging various sectors, authorities can improve the way they serve and protect vulnerable urban populations.

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“Guatemala is among the most vulnerable countries due to its geographic position and sociopolitical situation,” said Lucía España, Technical Lead for PADF Guatemala. “For these events it’s vital to share information and look for solutions across all sectors.”

Disaster risk reduction relies highly on coordination between national and local government, civil society, municipal government, academia and communities themselves. The event brought together all of those actors to catalyze the spread of knowledge and share best practices.

Lucía notes that community organizations and nonprofits have a responsibility, but “it is the municipality paired with the local and national disaster management teams that have the greatest responsibility for these processes to become sustainable.”

The event's organizers and speakers included PADF, Techo Guatemala, the Guatemalan Red Cross, ESFRA, CESEM, Mancomunidad Gran Ciudad del Sur, COOPI, Perpendicular, CONRED, and the European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations.

Guatemala's local disaster response teams, or COLREDES, presented their successes and shared their challenges during one forum event. Discussion also focused on the use of new tools and technology to further mitigate disaster. A final forum brought up local implications for new national laws and how local entities should continue serving under new legislation.

The Yo Me Preparo project’s inclusive approach to disaster risk reduction has shown that a wide range of communities and organizations play an important role. The project has focused on strengthening links between sectors, thereby creating a more sustainable form of collaboration.

Primer Encuentro de la Resiliencia Urbana

“Creando vínculos para construir resiliencia urbana”

Ciudad de Guatemala, Guatemala (12 de julio de 2017) -- La Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (PADF, por sus siglas en inglés), en coordinación con Cooperación Internacional (COOPI), la Cruz Roja de Guatemala, PERPENDICULAR, TECHO, Centro de Estudios Superiores de Emergía y Minas (CESEM) de la Facultad de Ingeniería de la Universidad San Carlos de Guatemala, Mancomunidad Gran Ciudad del Sur y Fundación Ecuménica Guatemalteca Esperanza y Fraternidad (ESFRA), llevarán a cabo el Primer Encuentro de Resiliencia Urbana-1ERU: “Creando vínculos para construir resiliencia urbana”, el día miércoles 12 de julio en la Universidad Rafael Landívar, Campus Central Vista Hermosa III, zona 16, Cafetería Central, de las 8:00 a las 17:00 horas.

El encuentro se enmarca dentro del proyecto “Yo Me Preparo”, financiado por Taiwán, el cual busca fortalecer a comunidades urbanas en laderas que son vulnerables ante inundaciones y deslizamientos. El proyecto ha logrado involucrar a universidades tales como George Washington de EEUU y la Universidad Rafael Landívar, al sector público trabajando en coordinación con la Municipalidad de Mixco y la Mancomunidad de la Gran Ciudad del Sur, a las comunidades formando COLREDES y además realizando una obra de mitigación en la Comunidad El Campanero en zona 8 de Mixco y el sector privado. Durante el último año se ha trabajado en el tema de resiliencia urbana en el área de la Mancomunidad Gran Ciudad del Sur (Villa Nueva, Amatitlán, Villa Canales, San Miguel Petapa, Mixco, Santa Catarina Pinula) y otras zonas del área metropolitana. Por ello, el objetivo del 1ERU es compartir vivencias y lecciones aprendidas, de las experiencias vividas, fortalecer los conocimientos, exponer los retos actuales a los que se enfrentan las comunidades y definir una posible ruta de acción. Así mismo, se busca fortalecer la red de actores de gobierno, municipales, sociedad civil, y la academia que abordan este tema con el fin de unir esfuerzos y plantear soluciones integradoras e innovadoras.  

“PADF buscó aliados estratégicos para poder realizar este evento, en el cual nuestro objetivo es que se creen y fortalezcan vínculos que permitan que la gestión del riesgo sea abordada desde la planificación al desarrollo. Guatemala está entre los países más vulnerables debido a su posición geográfica y situación sociopolítica. Por eso este tipo de eventos es necesario para compartir información y buscar soluciones en conjunto con todos los sectores.” -Lucía España

Durante el encuentro, que contará con la presencia del Sr. John C. Lai, Embajador de Taiwán ante Guatemala, se abordarán temas como experiencias en la preparación de Comités de Emergencia Local (COLREDES), la construcción de los vínculos municipales, uso de la tecnología y la innovación social para la gestión integral del riesgo y un último foro que abordará de manera más profunda el Acuerdo Gubernativo 179-2001. Durante el año 2001, el Consejo Científico del Sistema CONRED, coordinado por el Instituto Nacional de Sismología, Vulcanología, Meteorología e Hidrología (INSIVUMEH), mediante la elaboración de estudios previos, recomendó a la Junta y Secretaría Ejecutiva para la Reducción de Desastres declarar zonas de alto riesgo todas aquellas quebradas, ríos, zanjones y barrancos que conforman las cuencas del río Villalobos, Michatoya y del lago de Amatitlán. Las áreas consideradas de alto riesgo fueron oficializadas mediante el Acuerdo Gubernativo No. 179-2001, el cual determina que es una zona altamente susceptible ante la ocurrencia de eventos de origen natural (hidrometeorológicos y geológicos).  A raíz de la declaratoria emitida por el Consejo Científico, la cual establece un rango de 100 metros horizontales de cada lado a partir del centro de cada una de los accidentes geográficos mencionados anteriormente, se restringe la inversión pública y privada. 

Adicionalmente, en el marco del 1ERU, se llevará a cabo el “Café Ciudadano”, un espacio en el que las organizaciones participantes expondrán temas tales como resiliencia urbana, el Marco de Sendai, entre otros.

Desde el 2012, PADF y Taiwán han colaborado en países a lo largo de la región en la atención de emergencias y desastres de origen natural. El Fondo Taiwán–PADF para la Atención y Reconstrucción ante los Desastres ha sido una alianza de cinco años para fomentar programas de preparación y mitigación. Han sido desarrollados proyectos de preparación para desastres de origen natural con enfoque comunitario en Haití, República Dominicana, Honduras, San Vicente y las Granadinas, Belice, y Guatemala. El Fondo de Atención y Reconstrucción ante los Desastres ha asistido a más de 300.000 personas en América Latina y el Caribe.

PADF Hosts Regional Workshop on Disaster Risk Reduction

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Moving Urban Communities Towards Resilience: Progress and Challenges

San Salvador, El Salvador (May 31, 2017) — The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and Taiwan, with the support of the Permanent Risk Management Bureau (MPGR) in El Salvador, will host a regional disaster risk reduction workshop. Titled "Moving Urban Communities Toward Resilience: Advances and Challenges," the workshop will take place May 31 to June 2, 2017.

Delegations from Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and El Salvador will participate in the event. During the meeting, participants, regional institutions and government representatives from El Salvador will exchange experiences about working in disaster management and disaster risk reduction.

The objective of the workshop is to share experiences and best practices for disaster management, with an emphasis on urban resilience. The goals is to create a regional framework to address natural disasters based on the ideas and recommendations of participants.

Central America and the Caribbean are highly vulnerable regions. Natural hazards combined with geographical, political, environmental, social, economic and gender vulnerabilities.        

Between the Managua, Nicaragua earthquake in 1972 and 2010, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recorded natural disasters in 28 countries in the region. The total cost of these disasters was approximately 213 billion dollars and 309,742 deaths, affecting roughly 30 million people.

Given these risks, regional authorities must work together to reduce vulnerabilities and transform the socio-economic factors that prohibit communities from being properly prepared.

The regional workshop is part of the Taiwan-funded Yo Me Preparo project, which seeks to strengthen urban hillside communities that are vulnerable to floods and landslides. The project brings together universities, the private sector and members of the public sector to increase the resilience of the community by promoting climate change adaptation disaster risk reduction.

Since 2012, PADF and Taiwan have collaborated in countries throughout the region in dealing with emergencies and natural disasters. The Taiwan Regional and Disaster Assistance and Reconstruction Program (PADF) has been a five-year alliance to promote preparedness and mitigation programs in six countries.

Climate-smart agriculture program helps Guatemalan farmers resist drought

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Guatemala City, May 4, 2017 - A yearlong food security and disaster risk reduction project in Guatemala ends today with successful results. The "Yo Me Adapto" (I adapt) program, funded by the U.S. Agency for Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) and implemented by PADF, helped vulnerable communities in the municipalities of Sansare and Sanarate in El Progreso Department. Through training offered to farmers in the region, PADF encouraged the use of new, climate-smart farming techniques. The initiative helped farmers maximize crop yields and mitigate food insecurity in Guatemala in a sustainable way.

PADF worked with farmers affected by the worst drought in Guatemala in decades. By sharing methods to improve crop productivity in affected areas, PADF managed to improve the lives of approximately 9,000 farmers and their families facing severe food insecurity. PADF worked with with the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG) to expand and strengthen the existing network of Rural Development Learning Centers (CADER), managed by the Guatemalan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food (MAGA).

Throughout the project, PADF established 20 new CADERs and strengthened the capacity of an additional 40 centers. An average of 25 families participated in the agricultural activities and training of these spaces. A demonstration farm was established in Sanarate where agricultural techniques and crops in drought-prone areas were analyzed. PADF shared these best practices and technologies with the families that participated in the CADER. Through the "Yo Me Adapto" program, PADF promoted the use of greenhouses, soil conservation techniques, efficient irrigation systems and climate monitoring systems to protect crops against the inclement weather, invasive species, and to achieve better crop production. These techniques were transmitted to more than 1,500 families.

"The best thing we have learned is to produce our own food, for the benefit of our children," says Elsa Maritza Ruano Morales of CADER "Los Aritos" in Sansare. "In this way we prevent diseases caused by a poor diet. In addition, we now have farming methods that are good for the environment, so that we can maintain our crops, prepare for drought and survive. "

During the program, PADF and partners held workshops with 60 CADER members and provided technical assistance for the development of Community Action Plans. Through these plans, farmers were able to identify and understand threats to their food security, as well as strategies to improve food production, support income generation, and mitigate and overcome barriers to food security. To achieve this, PADF provided farmers with the tools necessary to put everything they learned into practice.

The Foundation was able to provide the project beneficiaries with resources to plan and implement their action plans, through donations that included irrigation systems, greenhouses and pumping equipment. Thanks to these efforts, members of both new and existing CADERs had the opportunity to learn how to determine the best crop varieties to plant using the best equipment. They also received bean, corn and vegetable seeds, which will provide them with better food during the dry season.

“Thanks to the training we’ve learned how to diversify our crops and sell them in the local market,” says Melvin Morales, a farmer in the village of San Rafael, Sanarate Department. “Increasing our incomes will give us the chance to withstand the drought, and have food year-round.”

According to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), Guatemala has the highest rate of chronic malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

About PADF
The Pan American Development Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, brings together many stakeholders to improve livelihoods, empower communities, strengthen civil society, support human rights, protect the environment and respond to natural disasters in Latin America and the Caribbean. Established by the Organization of American States (OAS) in 1962, PADF has worked in every country in the region.

About USAID
This project is made possible by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The U.S. Agency for International Development administers the U.S. foreign assistance program providing economic and humanitarian assistance in more than 80 countries worldwide.

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Programa de promoción de técnicas de agricultura climáticamente inteligentes y de ayuda a agricultores de Guatemala a resistir a las fuertes sequías

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Ciudad de Guatemala, 4 de mayo de 2017 – El programa “Yo Me Adapto”, Promoviendo Seguridad Alimentaria y Resiliencia a través de la Reducción del Riesgo de Desastres en la Agricultura, finaliza su periodo de implementación con resultados exitosos. Este programa implementado por la Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo (PADF, por sus siglas en inglés) logró ayudar a comunidades vulnerables de los municipios de Sansare y Sanarate en el Departamento El Progreso. A través de capacitaciones ofrecidas a los agricultores de la región, PADF fomentó el uso de nuevas técnicas de agricultura consideradas como climáticamente inteligentes. Con el apoyo de la Oficina de los Estados Unidos de Asistencia para Desastres en el Extranjero de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID/OFDA), la iniciativa consiguió implementar e incentivar el uso de técnicas agrícolas para maximizar el rendimiento de los cultivos y así mitigar la inseguridad alimentaria en Guatemala de manera sostenible.

PADF trabajó con agricultores afectados por la peor sequía presentada en décadas en Guatemala. Al compartir métodos para mejorar la productividad de los cultivos en las zonas afectadas, PADF logró mejorar la vida de aproximadamente 9,000 agricultores y sus familias que enfrentaban una grave situación de inseguridad alimentaria. En asociación con la Universidad del Valle de Guatemala (UVG), se expandió y se fortaleció la red ya existente de Centros de Aprendizaje de Desarrollo Rural, CADER, gestionados por el Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganadería y Alimentación (MAGA) de Guatemala.

A lo largo del proyecto, PADF estableció 20 nuevos CADER y fortaleció las capacidades productivas de 40 centros adicionales ya existentes. Un promedio de 25 familias participó en las actividades y capacitaciones agrícolas de dichos espacios. Asimismo, se estableció una Finca Demostrativa en Sanarate donde se evaluaron las técnicas y los cultivos agrícolas para determinar su rendimiento) en las zonas propensas a la sequía. A través de la Finca Demostrativa, PADF compartió estas buenas prácticas y tecnologías agrícolas con las familias que participaron en los CADER. A través del programa “Yo Me Adapto”, PADF promovió el uso de casa malla y macro túneles, técnicas de conservación de suelos, sistemas de riego eficientes y sistemas de monitoreo climático en los CADER con el fin de proteger los cultivos contra las inclemencias climatológicas, fauna y flora nociva, y lograr mejorar la producción de cultivos. Estas técnicas se transmitieron a más de 1,500 familias.

Elsa Maritza Ruano Morales, promotora del CADER “Los Aritos” en Sansare, expresó: “De las mejores cosas que hemos aprendido es producir nuestra propia comida, en beneficio de nuestros hijos y de esta forma prevenir enfermedades por tener una mala alimentación. Además, hemos conocido métodos que son buenos tanto para el medio ambiente, como para mantener nuestros cultivos y prepararnos para la sequía y sobrevivir”.

Durante el programa, PADF y sus socios realizaron talleres con miembros de 60 CADER y brindaron asistencia técnica para el desarrollo de Planes de Acción Comunitaria. Con estos planes, los agricultores lograron identificar y entender las amenazas a su seguridad alimentaria, así como establecer estrategias para mejorar la producción de sus alimentos, apoyar la generación de ingresos y mitigar y superar las barreras a la seguridad alimentaria. Para lograr esto, PADF puso a disposición de los agricultores las herramientas adecuadas para poner en práctica todo lo aprendido.

La Fundación consiguió brindarle a los beneficiarios del proyecto los recursos necesarios para planificar y poner en marcha sus planes de acción, a través de donaciones que incluyeron sistemas de riego, macro túneles y equipos de bombeo. Gracias a estos esfuerzos, los miembros tanto de los nuevos CADER como de los existentes, tuvieron la oportunidad de aprender a determinar las mejores variedades de cultivos que se deben sembrar, utilizando un equipo óptimo. Asimismo, se les ha dado semillas de frijol y maíz, además de semillas para hortalizas y pilones, que les proveerán una mejor alimentación durante el tiempo de sequía en estos municipios.

“Con todo lo aprendido y obtenido por parte de la Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo, esperamos producir más alimentos, que no solo sean de beneficio para nuestras familias, sino también que podamos ponerlas a disposición del mercado local”, señala Melvin Morales, del CADER San Rafael, Sanarate.

Según el Programa Mundial de Alimentos (PMA) de las Naciones Unidas, Guatemala tiene la tasa más alta de desnutrición crónica en América Latina y el Caribe. Por esta razón, PADF ha sumado todos sus esfuerzos para ayudar a los agricultores locales a estar mejor preparados para el impacto del cambio climático y asegurar una sostenibilidad alimentaria en el país. La respuesta de la comunidad permitió que ellos mismos identificaran los problemas y propusieran las soluciones para superarlos, con la asistencia y el acompañamiento de PADF.

Acerca de PADF
La Fundación Panamericana para el Desarrollo, una organización 501(c)3 sin fines de lucro, reúne a varias partes interesadas en mejorar el sustento, fortalecer las comunidades y la sociedad civil, fomentar el respeto por los derechos humanos, proteger el medio ambiente y responder ante los desastres de origen natural en América Latina y el Caribe. Establecida por la Organización de los Estados Americanos en 1962, PADF ha trabajado en cada país de la región. En 2016, acciones de PADF lograron alcanzar a 8 millones de personas al invertir $95 millones de dólares estadounidenses en recursos para el desarrollo en 18 países de América Latina y el Caribe. Para más información, consultar nuestra página web: www.padf.org

Acerca de USAID
USAID es la agencia del gobierno de Estados Unidos que trabaja para acabar con la pobreza extrema a nivel mundial y ayudar a las sociedades democráticas y resilientes a alcanzar su potencial. Este producto de información es posible gracias al generoso apoyo del pueblo estadounidense a través de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID). La Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID) administra el programa de asistencia extranjera de EE.UU., prestando asistencia económica y humanitaria en más de 80 países en todo el mundo.

El contenido es responsabilidad de PADF y no refleja necesariamente el punto de vista de USAID o del gobierno de los Estados Unidos.