Family Gardens

Family Gardens
A Food Availability Project

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Why a food availability project?

Guatemala has the fourth-highest chronic malnutrition and stunting rate globally and the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean. Several factors contribute to this, including insufficient income, non-diverse diets, contaminated crops, and water scarecity.

The situation is not exclusive to the municipalities included in this project. In addition, some are in the dry corridor, where water scarcity makes growing food difficult and leads to diarrheal diseases, further worsening malnutrition.

Why a food availability project?

What is the Family Garden initiative?

The Family Garden initiative is a transformative partnership with Cáritas Arquidiocesana and the Ministry of Agriculture. It benefits 700 low-income families across seven rural municipalities in Guatemala who experience food insecurity and lack access to essential horticultural products. We provide families with resources and training to establish and maintain their gardens. The specific objective of this project is to increase household availability and access to a stable supply of safe, nutritious, and sufficient vegetables.

Developing Self-Reliance with Family Gardens

Family Gardens are dedicated spaces cultivated and managed by families on their land to sustainably produce fresh and nutritious food. They are fundamental to improving food security and contribute to rural families’ economic and nutritional well-being. In these ways, participating families become more self-reliant and resilient.

Developing Self-Reliance with Family Gardens



Developing Self-Reliance with Family Gardens


Family Gardens are dedicated spaces cultivated and managed by families on their land to sustainably produce fresh and nutritious food. They are fundamental to improving food security and contribute to rural families’ economic and nutritional well-being. In these ways, participating families become more self-reliant and resilient.

The Gardens’ Key Characteristics

The impact of family gardens is far-reaching:

  • Economic relief: Reducing the cost of the basic food basket helps ease the financial burden on families
  • Enhanced nutrition: Participating families have a steady supply of fresh, organic produce for a more diverse and nutritionally rich diet
  • Empowerment: Families take control of their food production
  • Education: Beneficiaries receive technical training on sustainable gardening practices

Sustaining Successful Gardens

  • Family gardens are typically small, making them easy to manage for families with limited time and resources
  • Raised beds improve drainage and aeration, leading to better crop yields
  • Enclosures protect crops from animals, pests, and diseases
  • Families grow culturally relevant vegetables, such as cilantro, spinach, onion, Swiss chard, lettuce, cucumber, parsley, and radish


María Luisa Chitay, San Juan Sacatepequez

I'm happy to report that over the past four years, I've successfully harvested radishes, lettuce, and beets. I'm so grateful to the team for their support. They're always there for us; we know we can count on them. Thanks to them, our community has grown from 15 to 22 families, and we are gearing up for another round of sowing.

María Luisa Chitay, San Juan Sacatepequez





DONATE TO FUND a SMILAR PROJECT



  • agricultural tools
    Agricultural tools
    $54.00
  • gas tiller
    A gas tiller for farming
    $550.00
  • 20 chicks
    20 chickens
    $30.00






Pedro Rafael, Santa Catarina Pinula

My friends call me Don Pedrito. I’m a 76-year-old farmer from El Carmen de Santa Catarina Pínula. I’m a trailblazer for family agriculture in my community. I’m proud to be a part of the Family Garden Program, which helps strengthen the peasant economy. My focus is on producing medicinal plants and vegetables. I’m passionate about learning and sharing my knowledge, and I’m grateful that my fellow community members see me as a leader in this field. I’m amazed by the progress I’ve made thanks to the program.

Pedro Rafael, Santa Catarina Pinula





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