Without measuring, how would we ever know if we were making an impact? How would we know if the sustainable technologies we are introducing to farmers are increasing their incomes, improving their yields or rejuvenating their soils? How would we know if the nutritious crops and foods we are promoting in our Food Security Groups are day by day nourishing malnourished children and families to the point where they are no longer malnourished?
In order to answer those questions, research is essential. Below are a variety of our most recent research projects. Please scroll through to get a better understanding of the work we are doing here at Semilla Nueva and the impact we are making.
PCCMCA Conference 2016 Presentation
Semilla Nueva’s Executive Director presented findings at the 2016 PCCMCA agricultural research conference in San Jose, Costa Rica. The following documents detail the results of a collaborative trial of new QPM and high Zinc corn hybrids and varieties in southern Guatemala. The analysis was conducted in partnership with Msc. Rachael Cox.
Each year, Semilla Nueva conducts a Community Survey among leading farmers in each of our communities. These Surveys provide baseline data of farmer participants, help us identify the impacts of our programs as well as understand farmers perceptions of Semilla Nueva and other problems they may be facing.
Participatory Evaluation Resources
Part of making development truly sustainable, is working with local farmers so that they can critically analyze their own efforts. Below we have some of our field materials we use to make our monitoring and evaluation efforts inclusive. Our Experimental Parcel Analysis sheet allows even illiterate participants to make a basic return on investment calculation.
Guatemala is currently facing a chronic malnutrition problem. The first nutritional study provided Semilla Nueva with a baseline for the nutrition of the communities we work in. A cross-sectional study examining the need for nutrition intervention and the presence of malnutrition in a community in rural Guatemala. The second study began in 2014, and aims to study the impact of our food security program and QPM in the communities where we work.