Learning How Sustainable Agricultural Technologies Can Reduce Malnutrition and Rural Poverty

Speaker: Semilla Nueva

Semilla Nueva uses more-nutritious seeds—such as quality protein maize, a non-GMO corn—to help rural Guatemalan farmers and their families find a path to better nutrition, lasting food security, and increased income. Its approach, called biofortification, is a pragmatic way to make a big impact for thousands of families in the third most malnourished country in the world.

Semilla Nueva partner farmers analyzing their seeds' germination. Photo courtesy of Semilla Nueva.

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About This Speaker

Key Info about the Speaker

Name: Semilla Nueva
Type: Nonprofit
Founded in: 2008
Headquarters: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Operates in: Guatemala

Watch This Video

Semilla Nueva. "Nutrition and Food Security in Guatemala." Vimeo video. Posted by Semilla Nueva, April 2013.

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Learning Goals of the Videoconference

  • Explain how nutrition quality depends on socioeconomic and cultural factors through the example of Guatemala’s rural communities.
  • Examine how sustainable agricultural technologies can provide solutions for social development and environmental conservation through the example of locally-farmed, highly nutritious crops.
  • Examine how to build a sustainable, local farming model in developing countries by balancing crops for local consumption with diversified exports that ensure stable incomes for farmers.
  • Identify the objectives, key programs, and accomplishments of an agri-tech nonprofit whose mission is to develop a food security program that helps rural farmers and their families.
  • Identify skills and strategies required to create effective change for a food security issue through agri-tech innovation.

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