Youth Travel To Guatemala To Learn About Food Security

Ten youth from across Canada will travel to Guatemala in May to learn first hand about food security issues.

The 15-day food tour put on by the Canadian Foodgrains Bank is focused on food justice issues.

Guatemala is among the 10 poorest countries in Latin America and it is estimated half of the population lives below the national poverty line.

Ellen Paully who works for CFGB and who will be leader on the tour spent two months in the country eight years ago studying food security issues. This time she is excited to experience the agriculture side of Guatemala.

“When I lived there I didn’t get to see the agriculture side of things,” said Paully. “The people are very welcoming and I look forward to going back.”

Becky Longhurst, a student from the Canadian Mennonite University is the only youth from Manitoba going on the tour.

During the tour the group will stop in Guatemala City, San Marcos, Totonicapan and Santiago Atitlan. Along with learning from local youth, the tour will visit various projects including community agriculture, ecotourism, a women’s co-op, and environmental conservation projects.

The last couple of days of the tour the participants will be staying with homestay families and get a chance to experience Guatemalan life with their host families. “This part of the tour is really exciting. Each family has something to do with agriculture, directly or indirectly so it’s a great chance for the participants to learn,” said Paully.

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