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Indigenous leaders share experiences in battling food insecurity

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  • Mon, 09/17/2018 - 19:47
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Some 30 indigenous leaders of Mesoamerica share experiences in the battle against food insecurity in Mexico and Central America, during a forum opened today in Guatemala, which will last two weeks.

The activity, organized by the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO) and the International Forum of Indigenous Women (FIMI), aims to strengthen the leadership of women in the region's
communities.

The 30 leaders participate in the Training School of Indigenous Trainers in Human Rights and Food and Nutrition Security.

The executive director of FIMI, the Guatemalan Teresa Zapeta, explained that the purpose of this school, in which 220 women have been trained since 2015 when it was first held at the UN, is to advocate on food security and sovereignty in the indigenous
communities.

"It is important to continue working on the empowerment and leadership of women to achieve change," she said.

Zapeta commented that the leaders who attend this school would have to prepare a training plan for their communities that they must present at the end of the forum in order to evaluate financing it.

The representative of the FAO in Guatemala, Diego Recalde, said that for this organization "the formation of indigenous women leaders is important to start to end hunger".

"It will not be possible to reduce the numbers of hunger and malnutrition in the region if we do not include indigenous women and work with them," he warned.

He said that since 2015, FAO and FIMI have been promoting the formation of indigenous women leaders who promote the human rights of their people to guarantee food security in their communities.

Since then, Leadership Training Schools have been held in India, the Philippines, Peru, Bolivia, El Salvador, Panama and now in Guatemala to promote alliances for regional and international advocacy.

According to the FAO, during the two weeks the 30 women will tackle methods of political advocacy, UN mechanisms for the governance of land and natural resources and the transmission of knowledge to be replicated in their communities.

As part of this school, the group will visit the project of empowerment of rural and indigenous women to fight poverty and hunger
that FAO promotes in the municipality of Jocotán, in eastern Guatemala.

Source: EFE

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