AgroAmerica has established and managed health and Food Safety programs for more than 10 years, positively impacting malnutrition rates to promote a dignified life in the communities and areas in which it operates.
Agroamerica is an agroindustrial Corporation that produces from an innovative and socially responsible perspective. One of its pillars is the commitment made to work towards the Sustainable Development Goals, promoted by the United Nations as part of the “2030 agenda” of sustainable development.
Every year World Food Day is celebrated on October 16, in commemoration of the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in 1945.
The occasion has become an all-week anniversary celebration. A series of events to explore the actions necessary to achieve the objective of Sustainable Development # 2 – Zero Hunger- are held, in a global context of rising hunger but also of increasing overweight and obesity, and growing concerns over the impacts of food loss and waste.
Several countries from around the world come together to make World Food Day one of the most celebrated days of the United Nations calendar. Hundreds of events and outreach activities to raise awareness and promote the need to ensure healthy eating for all.
Committed to health and food safety, AgroAmerica meets high-quality standards internationally certified; but beyond compliance, it is driven by the genuine desire to positively impact society and fostering its development.
Along these lines, AgroAmerica has implemented the following programs to promote Health and Food Safety in its area of influence:
One of the largest projects in AgroAmerica, the HDC is located in the south-western part of Guatemala. It is dedicated to bringing access to high-quality health and education services to benefit workers and the communities surrounding these operations.
The project is possible thanks to the alliance made with the University of Colorado who provides technical assistance and resident doctors for patient care, along with Guatemalan doctors and nurses.
The HDC has:
- Medical Clinic: To provide quality medical services at an affordable price for communities.
- Pharmacy: To provide medicines at a lower cost than the market. This is the only proper functioning pharmacy in a 30km radius and medicines are sold only by prescription, to avoid self-medication.
- Research Center by the University of Colorado
Programs and Projects of the HDC:
- Preventive health care activities for communities (Dental, Ophthalmological, Cardiological and Neurological care services).
- Medical training for local institutions by doctors from the University of Colorado.
- Health Programs for Mothers and Children (“Healthy Mothers” and “Growing Healthy” programs.)
“Healthy Mothers” and “Growing Healthy” programs:
Community programs to reduce maternal and infant mortality. The main objective is to reduce mother-child mortality and to contribute to the growth and development of children in the zero to three years-of-age stage.
Both programs include training and household visits to regularly monitor participating mothers and children, thus ensuring the efficacy of the program. AgroAmerica has a team of nurses that specializes in community relations that work in the coordination, implementation, and monitoring of the program.
3,343 children and 1,977 mothers have participated in our programs between 2014 and 2019.
It is a nutrition program for schools close to our operations.
The program consists of the donation of bananas as a nutritious supplement to the school meal, to improve the nutrition and food security of children attending rural schools.
We join Nútreme, an initiative to raise awareness on Childhood Chronic Malnutrition in Guatemala. Nútreme generates positive educational content to foster intersectoral alliances to eradicate Childhood Chronic Malnutrition in Guatemala. Learn more about the initiative in this link.
AgroAmerica reiterates the commitment to promote Health and Food Safety under the framework of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and will continue working to positively impact communities in its area of influence.