Chilean experts share in Guatemala their food and nutrition security expertise
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Published on 30 July 2011

Chilean experts in Guatemala

Fernando Barros Mönckeberg, researcher and one of the masterminds behind programme and actions that have helped eradicate chronic child malnutrition in Chile.

The Chilean mission was headed by Juan Carlos Said, Chief of Cabinet of the Ministry of Health, and Fernando Barros Mönckeberg, researcher and one of the masterminds behind programme and actions that have helped eradicate chronic child malnutrition in Chile.

GUATEMALA CITY. --A team of Chilean experts was in Guatemala sharing their experiences and helping the country's efforts to reduce chronic malnutrition. The experts participated in two forums: one targeted at ministries and state agencies, social and political leaders related to national food security, and the second one aimed at the general public, the academia, research institutions and international organizations.
 
Both forums were the result of South-South and Triangular Cooperation among the governments of Chile and Guatemala and the World Food Programme (WFP) in their efforts to eradicate hunger and chronic malnutrition in Latin America and the Caribbean. In Guatemala alone, chronic malnutrition affects 49.8% of children under five.
 
The Government of Chile is currently carrying out a programme, with technical support of WFP, to exchange its experiences on the eradication of chronic malnutrition. From 29 June to 4 July, staff from Guatemalan state institutions travelled to Chile to participate in the Chilean Government's intership programme "Technical Support to Strengthen Food and Nutrition Security Actions in Guatemala."
 
The Chilean mission was headed by Juan Carlos Said, Chief of Cabinet of the Health Ministry; Fernando Barros Mönckeberg, researcher and one of the masterminds behind programme and actions that have helped eradicate chronic child malnutrition; Tito Pizarro Alejandro Quevedo, who worked on the redesign and implementation of the modernized Food Security Programme of the Ministry of Health, and Angela Molina Fabiola Contreras, Adviser at the Food and Nutrition Department of the Ministry of Health.