BANASA sponsors the training for administrators of estates involved with the development program Best Family CEFI.


“Guatemala, August 2009. From August 9 to the 14, was held the first training workshop for field technicians and general coordination of the Best Family- CEFI program, sponsored by Bananera Nacional S.A. (BANASA), at the Hotel Siboney, Retalhuleu._x000D_


Best Families-CEFI is an innovative self-management program, addressed to mothers, which promotes the Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), which promotes sustainable human development processes, aiming to have an impact on improving the health, nutrition and standards of conduct in families, emphasizing the mother-child care and community organizations to ensure local development.

Some of the objectives of this program are to develop good habits in women for the proper selection, preparation and consumption of food; educate mothers on preventive health, sustainable actions to improve the condition of mother and child, family and community; strengthening the community organization to ensure the sustainability and self-management processes, reduce malnutrition, reducing child mortality, increasing the productivity of women and promote their participation within the community as a central player.

During the sessions, training was provided to participants involved in program development so that they could competently perform the initial phase and the implementation of training workshops with women in the communities.

Some of the discussed topics during the induction were the pillars of food and nutrition security, food nutritional insecurity tree, Best Families program and its objectives, lines of action, strategy, levels, phases of the program cycle, will or desire, satisfaction or effect, outline of training and structure plans, goals, the desired impact at the end of the process and desired outcomes.

The facilitators of the workshop, Eber Garcia, technical director, and Brenda Roxana Letona, coordinator of assessment and training for the Best Family- CEFI program, evaluated the group learning, noting that there is ability, disposition and positive attitude on the part of technicians for program implementation. Additionally, they said it was clear the political and technical support to program development by BANASA officials who attended the workshop. They also said that knowledge of the program model and nutritional food security and by the General Coordinator of itself is a strength that will help achieve better program results.

The results from the workshop were:

  • Preparation of technical staff to proceed with the initial phase of the program and transfer of the first training workshops for the participants.
  • The progress of the initial phase of the program was conducted in the months of July and August, during which participating communities have been located, number of groups has been established, the net population and community
  • leaders have been identified, mothers and children have been instructed and given their nutritional status to have a parameter to measure results.
  • The inauguration of the program to begin training its recipients will take place in September.

It was an enjoyable workshop, where participants had the opportunity to undertake several activities to see their level of knowledge and how to link the concepts of food and nutrition security, and if they could identify and respect the model of the Best Families in their program along its progress, through the development of educational activities.

During the week, the activity counted with the presence of Bernardo Roehrs, Corporate director of BANASA, Byron Santizo, general coordinator of Solidarity Program, Gustavo Aqueche and Walter Tello, human resources managers of the farms, Hilda Alvarado, general coordinator of Best Families Program, and ground technicians Luis Alfredo Taracena, Allan Rodas, Verónica Maldonado and Vivian Barrios._x000D_

About Best Families-CEFI

Best Families-CEFI is aimed at mothers aged 14 to 49, with children under 5, who are or have relatives working at BANASA plantations. The program takes place in communities near the plantations where the majority of employees live.

Within the communities, there are 24 monitoring mothers who guide the group. So far, about 384 mothers and their families have benefited from the program. The communities are: Parcelamiento El Jabalí­ (77 employees) San José Mogollón village (65 employees), San Francisco Madre Vieja village (82 employees), and Huitzizil village (92 employees), all located in the department of Escuintla.