Guatemala

New perspectives for indigenous small-scale organic farmers

Main features of the project

Period of time: 08.2017 - 06.2020
Name of the project: G17
Number of beneficiary families:800 indigenous families
Number of irrigation systems: 1500
Costs 2018 : CHF 263 000

Aqua Alimenta supports farmers in the remote rural areas of Guatemala in their daily struggle for survival. Particular attention has to be paid to the indigenous peoples of this country, still disadvantaged in various areas of life.In Guatemala, the gap between the poor rural indigenous population and the elite of the cities, is stark. The former live from the few crops they grow on infertile small acreage available to them. According to the FAO 25-34 % of Guatemala’s population is suffering from under-nourishment

Water – a lottery

Water often has to be transported long distances, thus making farming unproductive. In addi-tion, the climate in Guatemala is extreme, where periods of intensive rainfall alternate with long droughts. This dependency on rainfall for crops creates vulnerabilities in regards to food security, and in times of drought it sometimes makes food security impossible. This is where Aqua Alimenta projects come in and make a difference for small-scale farmers.

Organic farming - a tradition in Guatemala

In order to preserve biodiversity and soil fertility for generations, many small-scale farmers turn to organic farming and only use indigenous seeds. They dispense with the use of chem-ical fertilizers and pesticides. The knowledge about organic farming of traditional crop varie-ties is cultivated and passed on at annual trade fairs. The Aqua Alimenta irrigation systems build on what people have cared about for generations: a responsible and sustainable treat-ment of the world in which we live.