Mesoamerica Hunger Free AMEXCID-FAO

El Salvador

In El Salvador, at the municipal level, the “Mesoamerica Hunger Free AMEXCID-FAO” programme focuses on strengthening institutions, improving living conditions and resilience of lagging behind rural territories, and creating opportunities to promote social roots and to eradicate hunger and poverty. At a territorial level, the Programme focuses its actions on three departments of the eastern region (Usulután, San Miguel and Morazán), which share similar characteristics of poverty as a result of several deficiencies in terms of food, health, access to basic services, environmental degradation, among others.

“Mesoamerica Hunger Free AMEXCID-FAO” is focused on developing an efficient institutional framework in order to contribute to improving life conditions and resilience among family farmers. In this sense, the Programme promotes and supports training programs, technical assistance and technology transfers, which facilitate the diversification of production, access to a diverse and healthy diet, improvement of income and access to water in areas vulnerable to extreme drought periods. 

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


  • Strengthening production and distribution systems of seed varieties of high quality and adaptable to climate variability, with the establishment of field projects and community seed banks.
  • Creation of municipal units focused on food and nutritional security, and on supporting family farming.
  • Establishment of urban agricultural centers in six municipalities.
  • Capacity building for family farmers through field schools.
  • Capacity building and formal constitution of the Network of Communicators in Food and Nutritional Security of El Salvador.
  • Design of the monitoring information system of the General Direction of Fish and Aquiculture Development (CENDEPESCA).
  • Inclusion of productive activities, promotion of entrepreneurship and linkage to markets for returned migrants, into the extension services.
  • Implementation, documenting and dissemination of best practices of resilient family gardens, field schools, rainwater reservoirs, native species seeds production, among others.
  • Construction of municipal plans of food security and nutrition. 
  • Update of the Food and nutrition education manual for basic education teachers.