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Mesoamerican Agroenvironmental Program (MAP) impacts the lives of millions of families during its first year

Mesoamerican Agroenvironmental Program (MAP) impacts the lives of millions of families during its first year

More than 2,500 families produce new species of vegetables and fruits in family gardens to boost their home economy and strengthen their food security.

Matagalpa, Nicaragua. Thousands of people now have a more promising future thanks to the intensive work carried out by CATIE’s Mesoamerican Agroenvironmental Program (MAP) in the territories of Trifinio and NicaCentral.

Key to achievement of these advances has been the strengthening of productive capabilities of hundreds of families through farmer field schools and technical advice provided in both territories. Families have acquired new knowledge to enable them to improve conditions of their homes (for example, management of drinking water and management of family finances).

Concrete advances were presented during the second semiannual donors’ meeting held October 15 and 16 in Matagalpa, Nicaragua.

Present at the meeting were representatives of the Norwegian Embassy in Guatemala, who, together with the MAP team, evaluated main results and progress in the Monitoring and Evaluation System.

One of the principal objectives of the meeting was to receive follow-up directly from beneficiaries of the program. For Per Anders Pollen Nilsen, minister-counsellor of the Swedish Embassy in Guatemala, these meetings are an excellent opportunity to learn about progress and challenges in order to provide input and achieve the goals of MAP Norway.

MAP Norway is an initiative that works to meet the urgent needs of thousands of rural Central American families, promoting the climate smart territories (CSTs) approach. After more than a year of operation, relevant activities have been carried out with the families, producer organizations linked to the families and local and national platforms that operate in the territories of NicaCentral and Trifinio.

In addition to the meetings, a field trip was made with direct beneficiaries and partners of the project to nearby communities such as El Cuá, La Chata and Peñas Blancas to learn about concrete actions in areas such as food security (through management of home garden and farm) and work with the cooperatives involved in the organizational-enterprise arena and with the partner platforms involved in the climate smart territories (CSTs) approach, among others.

Finally, on Friday, October 17, conversations took place with partners and programs of the CGIAR research center, including Bioversity, Climate Change Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) y Forest Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) to consolidate cooperation being developed between those centers and MAP