Mesoamerica Hunger Free AMEXCID-FAO

Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, at the national level, “Mesoamerica Hunger Free AMEXCID-FAO” has contributed to the creation of methodological tools for the implementation of targeted policies for family farming and to the definition of instruments to boost the implementation of the National policy for food and nutritional security 2011-2021. In a territorial level, the Programme is focused on facilitating the linkage of family farming to markets, incrementing producers’ organizations capacities and strengthening local institutional frameworks. 

Some of the results achieved and the actions that “Mesoamerica Hunger Free AMEXCID-FAO” supports in Costa Rica are the following:


  • Formal approval of definitions and typologies of family farming.
  • Capacity building for producers and local organizations, regarding their linkage to the Institutional Supply Programme and the improvement of their productive systems.
  • Design of communication materials and awareness raising about infant overweight and obesity within the framework of a national inter-institutional pact.
  • Incorporation of a module for the registration of family farmers into the information system of the National Department of Agricultural Extension, and implementation of a pilot registry exercise.
  • Formulation of an environment and agriculture political framework for the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
  • Analysis of the territorial food supply systems.
  • Construction and approval of a National family farming plan.
  • Formulation of a National Indigenous People Policy and of a methodology for the consultation process. 
  • Elaboration of technical-pedagogical guides for the implementation of school gardens in indigenous communities.