February 2018

Grafting Training Exchange and Network Development

February 20, 2018 08:00 - February 27, 2018 17:00

Presented By: Frutas del Mundo and ECHO

Organized by Frutas del Mundo Farm in Guatemala and ECHO Latin America/Caribbean Regional Impact Team, this Training Exchange will allow Frutas del Mundo and ECHO staff to teach and learn from each other grafting techniques for tropical fruit trees, and hold a practical training for nursery workers and grafters from farms in three sites in Guatemala.

This event is an opportunity to exchange information, contacts, and experiences in areas relevant to Guatemalan farming families and the linkages between agriculture, nutrition and health.  Event organizers will also have the opportunity to visit with practitioners, particularly working with homegardens, from Seeds of the Future and the Mayan Health Alliance/Wuqu' Kawoq, as well as from the National Agriculture School (ENCA, Escuela Nacional Central de Agricultura).

March 2018

Chaya in Guatemala: Participatory consultation on needs, challenges and opportunities

March 13, 2018 08:30 - March 13, 2018 16:00

Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, Guatemala
Presented By: Bioversity International and Universidad del Valle de Guatemala

The purpose of this conference and consultation is to share the results of a value chain and marketing study recently undertaken in Guatemala on chaya (Cnidoscolus aconitifolius). The event will be also an opportunity for cross learning among key institutions working on chaya in Guatemala, Mexico and the US. An open debate involving civil society, public sector and national and international organizations, will review the needs, challenges and opportunities for upgrading the value chain of this highly nutritious vegetable in Guatemala.

The meeting is jointly organized by Bioversity International and Universidad del Valle de Guatemala, in cooperation with the International Fund for Agricultural development (IFAD), the European Union (EU) and the CGIAR Research Programmes on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).

Conference presentations will be shared on ECHOcommunity shortly after the event.