× Search
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Guatemala: Quality Protein Maize

ConDev is collaborating with Semilla Nueva, a non-profit organization that works to develop new and sustainable agricultural technologies, including the introduction and promotion of Quality Protein Maize (QPM). With the ConDev Foundation and Semilla Nueva, ConDev is studying the effect of improved family nutrition (through QPM consumption) on violent behavior, stress, and anxiety within rural farming families in Guatemala.

Several studies have identified malnutrition as a cause of anxiety, anti-social behavior, and oppositional disorder; it is also associated with violence and crime (Walker, 2007; Hoddinott, 2013). Taken together, the impact of malnutrition on the interrelated problems of poverty, health, and social cohesion makes it a key barrier in the development of a post civil war Guatemala, and one of the highest priorities for the Guatemalan government, civil society, and international development organizations.

This study aims to measure the effects of the intervention (the shift from conventional maize to QPM consumption) on intra-familial violence and stress levels in selected communities of Guatemala. The results of this study will indicate the importance of scaling up QPM consumption in the region and inform policy decisions throughout

This website is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development. The contents are the sole responsibility of ConDev, and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

Terms Of UsePrivacy StatementCopyright 2021 by Center on Conflict & Development at Texas A&M University
Back To Top