El Salvador: Executive boards visit community affected by the coffee rust.
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Published on 15 April 2014

National and municipal government representatives along with community leaders receive the delegation of the UN Executive Board, in the community of Monte Sagrado, Ahuachapan Department.
Copyright: WFP/Luis Penutt

 

Executive Board representatives from six UN agencies (UNDP/UNOPS/UNFPA, UN Women, UNICEF and WFP) visited the community of Monte Sagrado, in the municipality of Apaneca.  Recently, the community has experienced a rapid growth in unemployment due to coffee rust, which has affected the food security of nearly 13,000 families.

SAN SALVADOR - Executive Board representatives from six UN agencies (UNDP/UNOPS/UNFPA, UN Women, UNICEF and WFP) visited the community of Monte Sagrado, in the municipality of Apaneca. Recently, the community has experienced a rapid growth in unemployment due to coffee rust, which has affected the food security of nearly 13,000 families. The Executive Board was well received by local leaders, community inhabitants and the Mayor of Apaneca, Osmin Antonio Guzman. Monte Sagrado and many other communities depend on coffee production as their main if not only source of income.


Representatives of the Executive Board visit the home of a local woman, Dolores, in the community of Monte Sagrado. Copyright: WFP/Javier Mejia

While in Monte Sagrado the representatives visited the homes of community members in order to speak to the people, and obtain a better understanding of the imminent issue in regards to food insecurity. The Executive Board members were shocked at the reality in which these communities are living in, and expressed their interest in an interagency collaboration to address the issues facing the community of Monte Sagrado and others like it. The UN Resident Coordinator, Robert Valente, explained that this is an opportunity to develop programmes that focus on the diverse needs of the affected populations.

The Executive Boards visited Monte Sagrado during the month of March. Their objective was to get a better understanding about the current joint efforts of UN agencies in the area. During the visit, they met with President Mauricio Funes, Vice president Oscar Ortiz, and other governmental officials.