rom Guatemala to Senegal to Nepal, Peace Corps Volunteers are on the ground in over 60 countries addressing the most pressing development issues of our time. I have served in many capacities with the Peace Corps over the years — Volunteer, Country Director, Regional Director, Chief of Staff, Deputy Director — and now as…
Although Kimberlyis only in the third grade, she’s become a school champion for handwashing in her Guatemalan community. Now, students are building healthy habits and getting the most out of their nutritious school meals.
The Peace Corps is partnering with localorganizations in Guatemala to tackle a range of emerging issues like soil erosion and drought. Meet the Peace Corps Response Volunteers at the heart of these efforts as they work to empower farmers with advanced agricultural practices that can improve livelihoods.
Seeing the negative effects ofmigration on their village, the Ixcoy family wanted to create better opportunities for local villagers to increase their economic status without having to leave the community. Together, they forged a vegetable growers association to produce snow peas and green beans for export to the United States and Europe.
In Guatemala, one out of every two children suffers from chronic malnutrition, leading to high levels of stunting and poor cognitive development. In the country’s rural, western highlands, however, indigenous women are beginning to empower their neighbors to grow and sell their own foods and prepare healthy, nutritious meals to improve the well-being of their families.
With support from Feed the Future, a complete pest disease control program in 2014 reduced the coffee rust infection rate on José de León’s farm to just 15 percent and his production losses to almost zero.
The consortium is setting up a modern traceability system using Farmforce, a web-based software created by the Syngenta Foundation that replaces pen-and-paper systems and links smallholder farmers to other actors in the agricultural value chain. Farmforce increases management information and transparency, promotes compliance and simplifies auditing and traceability, allowing exporters to track products from farmers to the point of sale.
When the program began, more than 60 percent of children under five in Alta Verapaz were chronically undernourished and infant and mortality rates were among the worst in Guatemala. Today, there are signs of improvement among participating families.