Strategy for work with families
Using the farmer field schools methodology, families receive education and training to increase knowledge, skills and abilities in management of resources of the home garden and farm to improve household conditions and food and nutritional security and to increase incomes. In addition, it stresses equity in decision making and carrying out chores in the home garden and farm as well as climate intelligence
Strategy for work in home gardens and on farms
In collaboration with the families, a plan for the home garden and farm is designed, through which agroecological and agroforestry innovations are implemented to increase and diversify agricultural and forest production that will contribute to food and nutritional security, greater family income and mitigation of climate change. For management of the home garden and farm plan, families have within the territory the availability of knowledge, technologies, germplasm and technical assistance.
Home garden agriculture
The goal in the two territories is to directly attend 5,000 home gardens in which production of foods to diversity family diet is promoted, with crops of vegetables, fruits, roots, tubers, bananas/plantains, arbors, vines and medicinal plants, in combination with production of species of small livestock such as pigs and hens. Also encouraged are good practices in the home, such as treatment of water for human consumption, management of household trash, handling of latrines and management of family finances.
Diversification of agroecological and agroforestry production on farms
The goal in both territories is to work directly with 5,000 farms, in each one carrying out the intervention in the productive system chosen by the family. In the different productive systems that exist on the farms, such as basic grains, coffee, cocoa, pastures and others, the focus is on sustainable management of soil, water management, use of superior germplasm and with adaptation to climate change, as well as on design of diversified agroforestry systems. The aim is to increase productivity and income on the same area of the farm, or less area, which would allow maintaining or adding areas with forest for production of water.
In the region of Trifinio, work is underway in 40 community gardens, most operated by the Ch´orti´ ethnic group, for agroecological production of vegetables for family consumption and sale of the surplus. The community gardens also function as participatory learning centers so that the families replicate them in their home gardens or farms at a similar or greater scale.