In an effort to increase resilience, Guatemala developed a National Climate Change Action Plan (Plan de Acción Nacional de Cambio Climático, PANCC
) that incorporates mitigation and adaptation priority actions. Some of the activities that the country is looking to implement include: increasing the production of grains; (2) strengthening early warning systems for food and nutrition insecurity; and providing technical assistance to the farmers to improve resilience and adaptation to climate change.
The NAP-Ag Programme is supporting the NAP Agricultura Guatemala with the aim to strengthen the adaptation component linked to agriculture, livestock and food security (Result 1) within PANCC. Activities include: (1) dialogues efficient water use for irrigation; (2) capacity development on water use; (3) cost-benefit analysis; and (4) integration of agriculture in the sectoral monitoring and evaluation frameworks.
Dialogues on efficient water use for irrigation
Discussions on the legal, political and institutional framework associated with water use for irrigation include:
• Promotion of the efficient use of water in irrigation units through the National Federation of Irrigation Users -FENURGUA-, as practices of adaptation to climate change in the agricultural sector.
• Promotion of agricultural adaptation practices to climate change at the community, institutional and national levels.
Capacity development of policy makers and extension agents
Capacity development for ministry professionals on efficient use of water for irrigation, as a practice for adapting to climate change in agriculture.
Development of a training program aimed at MAGA extension agents, with the theme of adapting agriculture to change climate.
Cost-benefit analysis and monitoring and evaluation frameworks
Capacity development at the inter-institutional level through workshops on cost-benefit analysis and integration of agriculture in the sectoral monitoring and evaluation frameworks.