The Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Enterprise in collaboration with the Government of Mexico through the Mexican International Development Cooperation Agency (AMEXCID) today handed over a systematization report of the Mesoamerica Hunger Free School Feeding Program Project implemented in the Toledo District.
Since 2015, Mesoamerican countries, including one from the Caribbean, embarked on the Mesoamerica Without Hunger Initiative. The initiative is a program of cooperation between countries in the South-South region that contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. With aid from the Government of Mexico through AMEXCID and with technical support from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Additionally, it seeks to strengthen institutional frameworks for achieving Food and Nutrition Security and individualized attention to family farming.
Through this initiative, Belize’s pilot project developed the Sustainable School Feeding Program (SFP) in four communities in the Toledo District.
Belize is determined to strengthen its governance mechanisms for designing, implementing and monitoring its programs and public policies for food and nutrition security. In this regard, SFPs based on the experience of Latin America and the Caribbean is one of the cornerstone strategies that can be adopted to achieve social justice with instruments that contribute to different dimensions of development and the realization of rights.
Present at the event were Hon. Jose Abelardo Mai, Minister of Agriculture; Hon. Francis Fonseca, Minister of Education; Hon. Ramon Cervantes, Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; H.E Martha Zamarripa, Ambassador of Mexico in Belize; Dr. Israel Rios, FAO Regional Representative.
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