Zero Hunger Pact Plan

General information

The Zero Hunger Plan is the national movement to eradicate hunger; it is a pact within all sectors of the State of Guatemala, 166 priority municipalities in which actions are developed to fight malnutrition. It is the political and operational implementation of the Strategic Plan for Food Security and Nutrition (WEIGH) 2012-2016.  The plan is the instrument that aims to address the immediate causes that produce the scourge, as well as the structural roots that determine and are related to poverty and lack of development. It has two main purposes: address chronic hunger and prevent and mitigate seasonal hunger.

Country Guatemala
Type Plan
Classification Production conditions, Production, Post-production, Income, Food Aid, Sanitary conditions, Health and nutrition, Emergencies and natural resources
Date 2012
Responsible institution

Gobierno de la República de Guatemala

Related institutions

Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganaderia y Alimentación (MAGA)

Ministerio de Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (MARN)

Ministerio de Comunicaciones, Infraestructura y Vivienda (MICIVI)

Ministerio de Desarrollo Social (MIDES)

Ministerio de Economía (MINECO)

Ministerio de Educación (MINEDUC)

Ministerio de Finanzas Públicas (MINFIN)

Ministerio de Salud Pública y Asistencia Social (MSPAS)

Ministerio de Trabajo y Previsión Social (MINTRAB)

Secretaría de Obras Sociales de la Esposa del Presidente (SOSEP)

Vicepresidencia de la República de Guatemala

Secretaría de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutricional (SESAN)

Secretaría de Planificación y Programación de la Presidencia de la República (SEGEPLAN)

Secretaría de Coordinación Ejecutiva de la Presidencia de la República (SCEP)

Coordinadora Nacional para la Reducción de Desastres (CONRED)

Secretaría Presidencial de la Mujer (SEPREM)

Secretaría de Bienestar Social de la Presidencia de la República (SBS)

Instituto de Fomento Municipal (INFOM)

Consejo Nacional de la Juventud (CONJUVE)

  1. 10% reduction in the prevalence of chronic child malnutrition by the end of 2015, promoting early childhood development;
  2. Prevent seasonal hunger and reduce mortality in children less than 5 years of age due to acute malnutrition;
  3. Promote food and nutrition security;
  4. Prevent and deal with food emergencies.

Expected results:

  • Reduce chronic hunger: Reduce by 10% chronic child malnutrition between 2012 and 2015.
  • Prevent and mitigate seasonal hunger: Prevent deaths from acute malnutrition, especially during the most critical months during the period of annual seasonal hunger.

Priorities of action against chronic hunger

  • Promotion and support of breastfeeding;
  • Improving complementary feeding from 6 months of age;
  • Improving hygiene practices, including hand washing;
  • Vitamin A supplements;
  • Zinc supplements in the therapeutic management of diarrhea;
  • Provision of micronutrient powders;
  • De-worming and vaccination for children;
  • Providing iron and folic acid supplements for prevention and / or treatment of anemia in pregnant women.
  • Prevention of iodine deficiency through salt iodization;
  • Micronutrient fortification of staple foods.

Priorities of action against seasonal hunger

  • Support family farming to increase production for self-consumption and sale, with techniques appropriate for low input;
  • Prevention and treatment of acute moderate malnutrition at the community-level including supplementary feeding for consumption (ASLC);
  • Early treatment of acute severe malnutrition using ready-therapeutic foods for consumption (ATLC) at a community level and at Nutritional Recovery Centers with the guidance and monitoring of trained health workers.
  • Establishment of an early warning system in FSN based networks including nutritional surveillance in monitoring sites.
  • Social Protection Network against Seasonal Hunger through a temporary employment program (labor intensive) programs and conditional cash transfers and humanitarian assistance.
Normative framework

Target population

It is a universal plan that gives priority to the following target groups:

  • For interventions against chronic malnutrition, children under 2 years of age, pregnant women, nursing mothers and women of childbearing age.
  • Interventions for acute malnutrition, children from 0 to 5 years of age and pregnant mothers.