A Model for Climate Change: Guatemala's Agro-Ecological Center

Guatemala, Climate Change, German Society for International Cooperation, Agriculture, Food Security

Plagued by rising temperatures, droughts, and elevated carbon dioxide levels, Central America's agricultural sector hangs in the balance. But the Guatemalan town of San Miguel Chicaj in Baja Verapaz may have the answer to this increasingly worrisome problem. With support from the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), San Miguel Chicaj will soon be home to an agro-ecological center designed to serve as a model of adaption to climate change.

For the past ten years, the state of Baja Verapaz has been part of the 'dry corridor', making it the perfect testing ground for the agro-ecological center's techniques. The center, located in a small forest surrounded by cornfields and nurseries, plans to teach people to adapt crop production to the changing environment.  

"It will strengthen our crops…serve as a space for youth to be trained in agricultural-related activities," the chief counselor of San Miguel Chicaj told El Periodico.

The project, which is in the second phase of the "Adapt" initiative of the GIZ, has been called "innovative" and "a new way to address climate change" by the organization's head of cooperation Thomas Cieslik.

Under construction on municipal land, it will cost around $100,000 USD to complete. GIZ, meanwhile, is providing €10.5 million over six years (2013-2018) to invest in consulting and training. Once open, the center will fund operations by charging schools, universities, and companies for training students and employees.

It won't be ready for about a year-and-a-half, but GIZ is already conducting workshops to teach residents of Baja Verapaz how to reduce their impact on the environment. 

Like any project, San Miguel Chicaj's agro-ecological center needs time to prove successful. However, if it does, it could become the model for agricultural innovation and food security around the world. 


John Snows

What does "dry corridor" mean for Guatemala? Some sources report that the phenomenon is beginning to grow in Texas. The source is the article Global Warming Effects and How To Win the Sun by essay writers on Global Economy.
I hear "dry corridor" is a perfect tool for adapting crop production worldwide.

Jennifer Keck

Hi John - the dry corridor is a sub-region that runs throughout Central America and is characterized by deforestation, soil degredation, and water scarcity. 

Jack S. Ramirez

The Experts of Central America has came up with very good idea by developing Guatemala’s Argo-Ecological center techniques and growing agricultural products in those nurseries. This helps them to maintain temperature and proper use of water to plantation. I have read from bestessay reviews that these type of innovate thinking will help the people to have nice organic products.

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