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Guatemala Guatemala Sayaxché

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Implementing Organization

World Renew

Program Summary

The Asociacion Programa Integral de Desarrollo Cristiano Petén (APIDEC) works in community development with indigenous rural communities located in the region of Petén in northern Guatemala.  During the last seven years they have implemented a sustainable agriculture program focused on providing training to small-scale farmers in soil conservation, crop diversification, poultry raising and post-harvest  practices as part of the Guatemala Four Departments program.

The current phase of the program is scaling-up the activities developed in the previous program by reaching new participants in the five communities that have already been part of the program, as well as new participants in three additional communities. To scale up the sustainable agriculture program, the organization is integrating it into the Maternal and Newborn Child Health program and the Village Savings and Loans Association program, focusing on women, mothers and youth. The migration of men and the variations of the climate in the region has increased the vulnerability of households that are sustained by single women or mothers.

The program’s goal is to empower women and youth by training them in sustainable agriculture practices that increase yields and diversify produce to improve food security, as well as market access to increase income. APIDEC  is also introducing the promotion of beekeeping as a new practice with some of the most successful participants of the previous programs.

Success Stories

A Firm Foundation in Beekeeping at Last

Eddy says he tried many times to keep bees, but since he did not have much knowledge on the subject, he was never successful. He had participated in many of the sustainable farming activities promoted by local partner APIDEC, and knew that bees played an important role in the crop cycle. A chance to enroll in a beekeeping course was a dream come true.

Agriculture is essential to Guatemala’s economy, so when APIDEC was able to identify beekeeping as a way for participants to diversify their farms and improve crops, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock was more than willing to support the farmers with a four-month apiary diploma course.

Eddy is among six leaders from his and other communities chosen to receive this training. They will all take their knowledge back to their neighbors as part of the agreement. Although the course is still in progress, Eddy became so motivated that he started his own 15-hive apiary on his small farm. APIDEC provided him the boxes and other essentials for working with the bees, and various municipal partners contributed flowering trees and plants as sources of nectar. He expects to harvest his first honey in the spring of 2022.

He is currently training a group of men in his community. He takes seriously his responsibility to support other families and educate future generations on the subject of beekeeping, and conservation agriculture in general. APIDEC considers Eddy an important agent of change in the area.

Says Eddy, “God bless everyone who supports this program. As a leader in my community, I can tell you that these words of gratitude are not only mine but all of ours.”

Guatemala Sayaxché Program
Led by World Renew and Local Partner APIDEC

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