ASADIT

“The products we deliver are organic, healthy and managed with good agricultural and manufacturing practices”

Guatemala

When Guatemala’s school-feeding law went into effect in January 2018, family farmers were ready to do their part for this Zero Hunger initiative. Members of an agricultural producers’ group, the Farmers Association for the Integral Development of Tejutla, or ASADIT, now provide fresh and nutritious food for public schools in the area, improving their household income in the process. 

“The future of our community lies in nutrition and that helps us as producers,” says Yesenia Gómez Marroquín, 19, Administrator of ASADIT. 

ASADIT’s more than 150 family farmers in the Western Highlands Department of San Marcos have tripled or quadrupled their income by growing and delivering food to the schools, following the process from production to preparation.

The association is supported by a joint programme for integral rural development led by FAO, UNDP and PAHO/WHO and made possible by the Government of Sweden. It is part of Guatemala’s fight against its chronic child malnutrition rates, among the highest in the world.

Every week, ASADIT farmers deliver carrots, cauliflowers, Swiss chard, radishes and other vegetables, in addition to fruit, grains, eggs, cheese and honey to 63 schools, so that students aged 5 to 12 can enjoy healthy meals prepared on the premises.

“If our children are well-nourished, they can learn better, take on new tasks and do better overall.”

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