Family Farming Program for Strengthening Peasant-Farmer Economy

General information

The program aims to promote the well-being of rural, peasant and indigenous families, in condition of high and medium vulnerability regarding food insecurity and widespread poverty (extreme and non-extreme). It aims to help increase, in a sustainable manner, family assets to ensure their annual production cycle through innovation, modernization and increased production with best practices (traditional or learned) within restrictions of territoriality (productive logic, living areas, municipality , community and productive family farms).

Country Guatemala
Type Plan
Classification Production conditions, Production, Post-production, Sanitary conditions
Date 2012 - 2015
Responsible institution

Ministerio de Agricultura, Ganaderia y Alimentación (MAGA)

Related institutions

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)


Strategic objectives

  1. Rural, peasant and indigenous families living in infra subsistence conditions have consolidated their productive systems for home consumption.
  2. Rural families, peasant and indigenous people living in subsistence conditions have strengthened their production systems and ensured the availability of food for consumption.
  3. It has boosted the peasant production surplus and they have accessed the national and regional markets, institutional and private.
  4. Institutional integration of different operating units for the implementation of PAFFEC.
  5. Coordination of territorial operating units of MAGA with municipalities.

Strategic axis

  1. Sustainable increase of peasant family production for food security.
  2. Market access and inclusion in value chains.
  3. Institutional development for family agriculture.
Target population

Rural families, peasant and indigenous, living in condition of high and medium vulnerability regarding food insecurity and widespread poverty (extreme and non-extreme) of the 338 municipalities of Guatemala.

Number of beneficiaries

The program serves an estimated annual amount of 160,000 families distributed as follows: 100,000 peasant families living in conditions of infra subsistence; 45,700 subsistence farming families and 12,500 rural families with production surplus. (Source: Programa de la Agricultura Familiar para el Fortalecimiento de la Economía Campesina)