Oaxaca is one of the states with the greatest per capita rates of food insufficiency, and second-to-last at the national level in agricultural development (Secretariat for Agriculture, Animal Husbandry, Rural Development, Fishing and Food – SAGARPA 2012).
The National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL) has identified an increase in poverty in the State of Oaxaca from 61.8% to 67.2% between 2008 and 2010.
The project strengthens community participation and feedback with local authorities, in order to improve food security in the region. Through workshops and improvements in community kitchens the project enhances local decision-making about food in marginalized communites.
According to the findings of international organizations such as the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL, 2009) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD, 2013), food insecurity and hunger have grave repercussions on the economies and economic opportunities in countries where they are prevalent.
More than 2.5million residents of Oaxaca live in poverty
In Guatemala, a country with human development indices and ethnic composition similar to the State of Oaxaca, the cost of malnutrition represents approximately 11.4% of the GDP; this has a direct negative effect in educational attainment, productivity, social cohesion, and healthcare expenditures.
This Project is financed by the European union
The project will be implemented from the end of 2013 through mid 2015 with the support of the European Union, and will directly benefit 3,280 people in 10 communities in the Mixteca region and Central Valleys of Oaxaca.