Mesoamerica Hunger Free AMEXCID-FAO

The Mesoamerica Hunger Free programme is a south-south triangular cooperation initiative resulted from an agreement between the Government of Mexico, through the Mexican Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AMEXCID), and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

The Programme works closely with authorities and institutions of Belize, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Dominican Republic, putting at their service innovative development solutions in order to guarantee decent living conditions for the most vulnerable population.

Mesoamerica Hunger Free designs, validates and accompanies the implementation of public policy instruments regarding food and nutritional security and rural development, capable of closing gaps at a territorial level with an inclusive focus and a human rights approach.

In this way, Mesoamerica Hunger Free contributes to achieving the goals established in the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as the Plan for Food Security, Nutrition and Eradication of Poverty of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, and FAO’s Regional Initiatives 1 (Support to the Hunger-Free Latin America and Caribbean Initiative) and 2 (Family Farming and Inclusive Food Systems for Sustainable Rural Development).

Inter-institutional articulation

The Programme promotes collaboration, coordination and synergy generation among local, national and regional entities, enhancing their bond to rural and indigenous communities, civil society, and international organizations. In this way, it strengthens south-south triangular cooperation processes and channels efforts to address jointly the priority needs and development challenges of lagging behind territories, facilitating the mobilization of resources and their more efficient use.

This is how Mesoamerica Hunger Free becomes a catalyst to strengthen the historical ties among the countries of the region, joining wills and commitments in the fight against hunger and rural poverty.

Public policies promotion

Mesoamerica Hunger Free strongly encourages and supports social and political dialogue and promotes legal frameworks in the nine countries with which it works. The promotion of other processes at local and Mesoamerican levels complements this work on public policies at a national level. In this context, the partnerships that the Programme has established with the Latin American and Caribbean Parliament (PARLATINO) and the Parliamentary Front against Hunger of Latin America and the Caribbean are worth mentioning.

At a regional level, the contribution of Mesoamerica Hunger Free to the Model Law on Family Farming and the Model Law on Small-Scale Fisheries, both passed by PARLATINO, stands out. On the parliamentary stage, the Programme has focused on consolidating and strengthening the chapters of the Parliamentary Front against Hunger for each of the Mesoamerican countries, promoting experience and know-how exchange.

Mesoamerica Hunger Free also supports university research on the human right to adequate food through the Right to Food Observatory for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Download Model Law on Small-Scale Fisheries in Spanish, English or Portuguese

Download Model Law On Family Farming in Spanish, English or Portuguese

Innovative solutions of rural development

Mesoamerica Hunger Free targets its efforts towards the most vulnerable communities, especially those living in rural areas and suffering the highest levels of poverty and malnutrition, and those to which territorial gaps have compelled to migrate. In those territories, Mesoamerica Hunger Free implements its field projects to create more favorable environments and opportunities, and promote social roots. In this context, among the best practices the Programme promotes, the following stand out: