The presentation of the results of the MDG-F Joint Programme on Children, Food Security and Nutrition in the city of Andahuaylas brought together public officials and representatives from regional and national institutions as well as leaders of the communities that participated in the programme.
Fernando Bonilla from the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation Development (AECID); Rebeca Arias, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Peru, Beatriz Yermenos, World Food Programme (WFP) Representative; Melba Johnson, UNICEF Deputy Representative and Maria Elena Ugaz, in charge of the UNICEF Nutrition and Development Area, were the international cooperation’s officials present at the Andahuaylas event.
Meanwhile, Edie Pastor, General Director of DIDA Apurimac II; Placido Onzueta, Mayor of the Pacucha District; Alejandro Guizado, Mayor of Santa Maria de Chicmo District; Beatriz Palomino, Health Promoter of the Municipality in Santa Maria de Chicmo; Mery Luz Contreras, of the Facilitators Network of Field and Farm Schools, and Claudia Palomino, Mother Counsellor of the Community of Chaupiorcco in Santa Maria de Chicmo, participated in a panel to share their testimonies about their participation in the implementation of programme.
“I think it is important that the programme has helped to demonstrate what models of cooperation work best between sectors and instances of different levels to gain better results. We are aware of the good results that have been obtained,” stated Fernando Bonilla of AECID. He added, “The great challenge now is to give continuity to the progress we have achieved with the joint programme. Now it is the turn of authorities and also of the civil society to fulfil the role of helper in accomplishing this goal.”
In addition, Rebeca Arias stressed the importance of making goals a reality, and as such, recognized and appreciated the contribution of the Government of Spain, which generously contributed more than 700 million to developing countries, in order to accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
The highlight of the event was the testimony of Claudia Palomino, a member of the community of Santa María de Chicmo. She recounted how she used the knowledge gained thanks to the Joint Programme to fight against chronic malnutrition and anaemia, and especially how her actions helped her improve the nutrition of her children and her whole family.
“Children’s good nutrition is not only giving them balanced meals, but also to give them affection and safety through the affection from the father, the mother and the whole family,” said Palomino. “Nothing can be done in the communities if we do not have the support of the authorities. With effort we can reduce the undernourishment indicators we currently have,” said Claudia.
WFP Representative Beatriz Yermenos says, “We have to go from rhetoric to action… I begin my words with this mention because, having listened to the experiences panel, we see that if there are action samples, then we are not only in the field of desire, we are in action…Our United Nations Secretary General said that it is necessary to pass from promise to action and this is the motto that leads this March 8, 2013.”
Participants in the Experience Panel reported the achievements and progress developed in their localities in community monitoring, field schools for farmers and post production of dairy products, health graduates of the health care model based on family and community and graduates in management. Each group has strengthened the technical skills of local human resources.
Fritz Almanza Pino, Chief of the Department of Agricultural Safety and Inputs of the National Agricultural Health Service (NAHS) in Apurimac, was very grateful for all of the support that the government of Spain and the United Nations have given at the Apurimac region in these three years. The people living in Apurimac are committed to the continued promotion of development and the eradication of chronic malnutrition.