24 Sep '13, 4pm
CK Blog: Out of teamwork comes food security
Despite being one of the richest Mexican states in terms of resources, many individuals living in remote regions of Chiapas suffer from malnutrition and other preventable diseases. Although the state captures 30 percent of Mexico’s surface water, many people (23 percent) do not have access to running water. In Lázaro Cárdenas, Cintalapa, where this project will be implemented, 18 percent of households have no access to clean water in or near their homes. This makes hygiene difficult and maintaining vegetable gardens during the dry season impossible. Indeed, between the months of April and June the entire community (including those with running water) suffers from a severe shortage of water, which is growing worse with climate change and negatively impacts the community’s food security. Families spend, on average, 30 percent or more of their annual income on food (compared ...