New Research Programs in Latin America

Working in collaboration with different partner organizations, we are expanding our research portfolio in Latin America and happy to announce new programs for 2016-2017. These programs are possible thanks to the support from the Howard G. Buffet Foundation as related to USAID's Higher Education Solutions Network's Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University. 

National Promotion of Quality Protein Maize (QPM) through Social Marketing in Guatemala (Partner: Semilla Nueva)

In this second phase of the QPM study, we aim to work to combat the bottlenecks to national use of QPM and expand the consumption of this proven technology through the expansion of our social marketing approach in the highlands of Guatemala, and the beginning of a second phase geared toward seed purchase and seed saving in the Pacific coast regions of Guatemala. The project has two components: 1) Design, Implementation and Evaluation of an Introductory Social Marketing Campaign for QPM in the Guatemalan Highlands, 2) Ensure the Storage, Consumption and Purchase of QPM in the Southern Pacific Coast. 

Enhancing Livelihood and Incomes of Rural Women through Postharvest Technology, Phase II - Guatemala (Partner: Alianza Agroindustrial y Artesanal Rural - ALIAR)

This project will produce research that identifies the relationship between women who work in vegetable packing centers using a new post-harvest technology, their decision-making ability in their households, and likelihood of violence committed against them. Researchers will analyze data on women's empowerment in Guatemalan households. Do working women have increased participation in decision-making in their households and are they less prone to violence?  

The Stabilization of Marginalized Communities in Guatemala via Food and Nutrition Security on Child Stunting: Employing Systems Thinking Tools(Partner: Missouri University of Science & Technology and Peace Corps Guatemala)

Thus study involves using a Systems Thinking Approach in marginalized and displaced communities in Guatemala through the development of an app-based or web-based tool to aid decision makers, from mothers to policy officials, on food and nutrition options that directly impact health of children. This project will produce a novel approach and unique tool to CDF, USAID, municipalities, and local households on food security and water, sanitation and hygiene issues