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Reducing Poverty through Policy Regulatory Support

To reduce chronic under-nutrition and rural poverty in Guatemala, the Regulatory Support Project improved policy, procedures, and regulations on rural development, food security, trade, and the environment.
​The USAID Policy Regulatory Support Project addressed important issues in poverty reduction in Guatemala. Under a subcontract to Weidemann Associates, Chemonics provided design, leadership, and implementation support to the project.
To improve economic growth, the project addressed four main issues: rural development, food security, trade capacity building and sector development, and the environment. To improve the enabling environment for agricultural and non-agricultural rural development, the project targeted serious systemic constraints in high-poverty areas. Such constraints included unrealized potential for small-scale irrigation, inadequate rural infrastructure, water and food sanitation, and monitoring of food security.
Additionally, the project strengthened capacity in commercial legal, institutional, and regulatory reform; customs issues; and trade facilitation. By developing trade and policies related to trade, the people of Guatemala can more easily access outside markets, which assists in alleviating rural poverty. The project was designed to have the capacity and flexibility to address systemic national constraints and priorities, while supporting the Feed the Future Initiative led by Guatemala.
Chemonics addressed environmental concerns in Guatemala, complementing the country’s efforts in food security, rural development, and trade. The project institutionally strengthened actors in developing and implementing environmental policies through capacity building and support. It also spearheaded clean production initiatives to support the private sector in improving economic growth and trade.
Project Results
  • Strengthened the capacities of six key public institutions for food security and rural development.
  • Managed 22 proposals for legislative changes that improve the country’s commercial capacity, food security, rural development, and environmental protection.
  • Provided clean production training for 57 public officials, businesses, and key rural production chain actors.
  • Developed diagnostic and baseline studies of 26 farming communities to assess each community's human, social, natural, physical and financial capital.
Project Duration: 2011 - 2015


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