Tatami Implementation Model to Promote Food Security Communities in poverty in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Place: Oaxaca, mexico, North America
Food consumption patterns: diet, environment, society, economy and health Food consumption patterns: diet, environment, society, economy and health
Total Budget: € 56.833,94 | Period: From September 2013 To


Human Formation model for combarte of Child Malnutrition in communities with poverty, marginalization and food insecurity, caused by inadequate consumption habits. The main sustainability strategy is the generation of community educators who are managers within their locality. The practice takes place in 3 areas: Family (empowering mothers and introducing children to the knowledge and tasting different foods, typical of their region and culture), Community (strengthening social cohesion involving social actors present community and government and religious authorities, schools, community kitchens, etc.) and social (weaving networks of governmental cooperation business and civil society organized at local and international level). Has been implemented in marginal urban and rural indigenous communities of Oaxaca, Mexico.


Integral Development of the Oaxacan youth, AC - Mexico

Lead applicant

Programme food and nutrition education Nutritious and balanced Every day we provide a balanced and nutritious food to children and youth to initiate energetic school activities. The menu consists of milk, fruit yogurt (with honey and amaranth), soup and main course, watching your nutritional balance. Nutritional Surveillance We monitor the nutritional status of children and young people on a regular basis, using a nutritional assessment by a dietitian with the data of height and weight. The results help us to rethink strategies for nutrition education. Cooking at Home The training of mothers is very important to ensure good nutrition in the home. Through this workshop, mothers have learned to cook at home with nutritious, tasty, safe and above all, affordable food. Always respecting its tradition and culture. little Chefs It is a strategy of educational and fun nutrition education for preschool and school children in which cooked through play, know and taste nutritious and economical meals. The Tatami Nutrition It is a teaching strategy that aims to build capacity to promote good nutritional habits at all those who have been entrusted with the care of a child. The Tatami Nutrition introduces the child through play to the knowledge of the diversity of food around you, the benefits to your body and the importance of eating healthily. Accompaniment Program School Early Childhood Care We have improved the dialogue of affection between mothers, fathers and their children through early stimulation techniques physical and cognitive abilities. Tutoring With tutoring classes has helped children not only improve their academic level if we have made to be more responsible, polite and persistent children. Meetings PEd Parent Educators mean. With this activity we have managed to make parents aware of the importance of their roles as educators, even if they have no education, they are the most important training proposal. Extracurricular activities Through living with children and young people we detect areas that are needed strengthening to ensure proper development. Dance, molded clay, English, computers are examples of these activities.

Italian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico - Mexico

Initiative partner

La Camera di Commercio Italiana in Messico, fondata nel 1948, é un’associazione di imprenditori ed imprese, di ogni dimensione, italiane e messicane, il cui scopo é favorire l’avvicinamento fra l’Italia ed il Messico soprattutto nel campo degli investimenti e del commercio. La CCIM rappresenta la voce delle aziende italiane stabilite in Messico ed é il punto di contatto fra le aziende stesse ed il contesto messicano, sia pubblico che privato. La Camera appoggia l’arrivo di nuove aziende dall’Italia con servizi come le ricerche di mercato, le agende di incontri, la presenza in fiere, etc. ed allo stesso tempo organizza attivitá di promozione del Messico in Italia. La Camera Italiana organizza durante l’anno un fitto calendario di appuntamenti che rappresentano un importante momento di aggregazione per gli imprenditori italiani oltre che di creazione di contatti con esponenti del mondo istituzionale ed imprenditoriale messicano. La Camera Italiana appoggia e favorisce la presenza italiana anche nel c.d. “terzo settore”, offrendo visibilitá alle ONG italiane presenti nel paese e mettendole in contatto con potenziali donanti.


Initiative partner

L’azienda opera in Messico dal 1996 con una licenza in esclusiva per la importazione, distribuzione e commercializzazione dei prodotti dei marchi INTIMISSIMI e CALZEDONIA. Ad oggi gestisce circa 100 Punti Vendita e da lavoro a circa 250 persone su tutto il territorio messicano. L’azienda collabora con CRECEMOS DIJO a Oaxaca da qualche anno, nella convinzione che è giusto contribuire a dare migliori opportunità alle persone in situazione svantaggiosa. Nello specifico, in Messico esiste in ampi strati della popolazione un forte problema di malnutrizione, che genera un forte squilibrio in termini di pari opportunità di sviluppo umano, sociale e professionale. Il progetto CRECEMOS DIJO è stato riscontrato come ottima proposta in questo senso.

Enel Green Power - Mexico

Initiative partner

Enel Green Power (EGP) is the Enel Group company dedicated to developing and managing activities to generate energy from renewable sources at the international level, present in Europe, America and Africa. It is one of the major international operators in the sector, with an annual production of about 29 billion KW / h from water, sun, wind and heat of the Earth. Able to meet the consumption of more than 10 million families each year and prevent more than 16 million tons of carbon emissions. Its installed capacity is 9,149 MW with 718 plants in 16 countries and a generation mix that includes wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and biomass.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Directorate General for Development Cooperation - Italy

Initiative partner

L’organizzazione delle attività di Cooperazione allo Sviluppo, componente essenziale della politica internazionale dell'Italia, fa parte dei compiti del Ministero degli Affari Esteri (MAE), che demanda tali attività alla Direzione Generale per la Cooperazione allo Sviluppo (DGCS) che è l’organo preposto ad attuare tale politica, in attuazione della legge n.49/87. La DGCS attua le linee di cooperazione e le politiche di settore nei diversi Paesi, stabilisce rapporti con le Organizzazioni Internazionali, con l’Unione Europea e con le Organizzazioni non governative; programma, elabora ed applica gli indirizzi della politica di cooperazione e le politiche di settore tra cui sanità, ambiente e sviluppo imprenditoria locale; realizza iniziative e progetti nei Pvs; effettua interventi di emergenza e fornisce aiuti alimentari; gestisce la cooperazione finanziaria e il sostegno all’imprenditoria privata e alla bilancia dei pagamenti dei Pvs; promuove e realizza la cooperazione universitaria.

The formation of community educators as a factor of sustainable development of communities with food insecurity in Oaxaca, Mexico. The practice began in the capital of the State of Oaxaca, Mexico, in the colonia Monte Alban and other fringe areas, then it was replicated in rural communities of the region the State's Mixteca, lacking food safety mainly caused by inadequate habits of consumption, associated with a low socio-economic level derived infant malnutrition. The proposal introduces families to knowledge, use and consumption of food nutritional, economic, typical of the region, through educational, pedagogical and didactic, involving also stakeholders incidents: authorities and schools. The main result is the generation of human capital capable of recognizing and meet their nutritional needs, this hits a visible improvement in the nourishing State of childhood.

Social: generate community educators who are people in the community who receive technical and methodological training to manage the shares.
Technique: Designed nutritional Tatami auxiliary teaching material in food and nutrition education for children.
Policy and Socio-economic: in 2013 was a nutritional diagnosis of 250 children in 3 municipalities of the region found 56% of overweight or obesity more stature. These communities have canteens social as part of the actions of the public program "without hunger" which is to neglect the nutritional aspect while compounding the obesity which is a problem of public health in Mexico. The socio-economic implications in the long run make unsustainable politics. It established an alliance with the Government to strengthen program through food and nutritional education and guidance to the staff that operates it. 


NutritionalTatami Before initiating a workshop Little Chefs and children know the contributions of food to cook through Tatami Nutrition is important to note that some foods like beets and kiwi are not known by the majority of children who living in communities with high and very high marginalization in the Mixteca region, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Tatami Nutrition The Tatami Nutrition is an educational tool that introduces children to the knowledge of the food and the contributions of these to the body.
Tatami Nutrition The Tatami Nutritional reinforces knowledge of children on the classification of foods according to Eating Well dish.
Tatami Nutrition Through Nutritional Tatami has succeeded in placing the issue of the importance of nutritious food for children, has even achieved the formation of children who conduct the business to a group of comrades.
Tatami Nutrition The physical and intellectual performance of children is directly related to healthy and nutritious food, for this reason, we have implemented the Tatami Nutrition in schools and colleges.
Tatami Nutrition In the center of development "María de Guadalupe" in Colonia Monte Albán is performed daily during activity Tatami Nutrition breakfast for children to know and learn the benefits of the foods that make up the menu. Through this dynamic has been achieved that children integrate into your diet fruits and vegetables that did not consume or do not even know.
Innovation social work with community kitchens government It has provided nutritional counseling to community kitchens of the State System for Integral Family Development (DIF). Claudia our community educator and testifies to the work being done at the community kitchen of Nuxaño.
Tatami Nutrition VIDEO The teaching materials are shared in public schools, community kitchens and schools in urban and rural communities, because the Tatami contains traditional foods of the region, culture and easy access. In the video shown elTatami by our community educator Nuxaño.
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Nutritional Tatami teaching materials It is a teaching assistant who has information on traditional foods, their nutritional properties and benefits on the body. The material was created by the operating team Crecemos SAID educational coordinator, nutritionist and preschool teacher. It has been a successful tool for food acquire meaning in the lives of children

Monte Albán: Arises when the indigenous families from communities in conflict come to invade the foot of the hill where is situated the archaeological zone of Monte Alban. 60% of the community has public services, while the remaining 40% lack of water, paving, lighting and drainage. The climate is temperate humid with rains in summer. The main economic activity is domestic work on women, Assistant bricklayer in men, informal trade and child labour. One of the most criminal communities is, the system of Government is political. Mixteca Alta: the climate is temperate humid with rains in summer. They lack public services by 80%, the main economic activity is the field (would agriculture) of what they get to live a day and consume, plant corn and wheat. Its system of Government is by traditions and customs in which the people elect their rulers through history and participation in festivals and services. 

Context Mixteca Region The Mixteca region ranks fourth statewide in basic indicators of social development. Has important social and infrastructure deficiencies related to land which has hilly areas, sparse population and lack of attention, especially in areas with high poverty. Only 22.4% of households in the region have solid floor and 44.6% do not have drainage.
Context Mixteca Region In the Mixteca region, 36.5% live in food poverty, 49.7% in capability poverty, and 50% in asset poverty..
Context Monte Albán 60% of the population living in Colonia Monte Albán has public services, while the remaining 40% lack water, paving, lighting and drainage.
Urban-Rural Context Video of the context of Monte Albán narrated by Mrs. Inés Cruz committee president of the colony. Video of the context of the Mixteca area (rural) is narrated by residents of San Francisco Nuxaño.

In the urban colony Monte Alban has been promoted improvement in the nourishing of 1000 children State as well as in the improvement of food habits of families, specifically in 400 mothers. In the rural communities of the State of Oaxaca's Mixteca region, 800 children and 230 mothers have benefited by the practice. Improving eating habits is the increase of the food frequency of fruits and vegetables by 40% of the recommended daily intake for a year (2013-2014), which affects, specifically, nourishing people status improving and, in general, human development (see annex 2011 impact study). On the other hand, the educational role of mothers in feeding their children has strengthened and has been promoted the formation of community educators who have been key actors to strengthen the social fabric through the management, coordination and implementation of food safety proposals.

Impact assessment conducted by AC Filantrofilia In 2012 the Filantrofilia organization, conducted the impact assessment results and processes Crecemos DIJO. The score was satistactoria getting B +. Besides processes obtaining 98.80% in effectiveness and 98% efficiency, and a Social Return on Investment of $ 10.22, which means that "for every dollar that is given to Crecemos DIJO, in 5 years were evaluated, there will be returned to the $ 10.22 society. "
Testimony food and nutrition education program Mrs. Julia Cayetano entered the food program and nutrition monitoring in Colonia Monte Albán and shares her experience in the program.
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Impact assessment UIA. In 2011 Dr. Sylvia Schmelkes Iberoamericana University conducted an evaluation of the intervention of Crecemos DIJO. The results show a qualitative and quantitative impact of the programs of the organization.
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Publicación Progress in nutrition In 2013 the article was published: Subsidizing children with breakfast can help in Reducing malnutrition harms: the experience of the Monte Alban community intervention program of AVSI in Mexico. In reviewing the impact of a food and nutrition monitoring was assessed and put into clear and tangible positive changes to improve the nutritional status of children attending the dining Monte Alban.
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Publication The Open Obesity Journal The evaluation results demonstrated a significant positive impact of the feeding program in the school performance of children. The evaluation was performed by a biostatistician Dario Gregori, bound by the Ferrero company collaboration and the Italian Embassy in Mexico.co.

The initiative emerged as a food program to respond to the problem of hunger on children working in the colony Monte Alban, however; with feeding was not enough to correct the problem, it was necessary to educate the consumer. Hence, the program was strengthened with the surveillance and nutritional monitoring in children, the inclusion of family and social support networking. In 5 years, acute malnutrition among children was eradicated, however; chronic malnutrition is still prevalent. In 2013 was a nutritional diagnosis to 250 children in communities marginalized from the Mixteca region, detected 60% of stature, 57% of envelope weight and obesity, 1.5% of emaciation; children who presented on weight also showed low size. Highest rate in girls about children chronic malnutrition was found since in the majority of households are helps feed more and better men by what the project promotes gender equity food.

Authorities The acceptance and support of the authorities for the implementation of activities is essential because the work communities are governed by the system of customs and habits.
Community Kitchen It has provided food and nutrition counseling to community kitchens to improve the quality of the menus and the quality of their services.
Dads cooks With workshops Kitchen House has managed to mothers and fathers to take responsibility for ensuring a healthy diet to their children.
Interest Groups The working partnerships with community schools and teachers are particularly encouraged that the issue of food and nutrition is a priority.
moms cooks Working with moms in workshops Cooking at Home, has been a way to sensitize them on the issue of healthy eating and nutrition. Thus households nutritious diet is promoted.
Children: main beneficiaries Juan Perez, program beneficiary child feeding and nutrition monitoring
Community educators Community educators are key to achieving the objectives of the program actors. Are people in the community who is trained to perform her project actions. Lupita is a community educator who conducts workshops for food and nutrition education and testifies to the change that has taken her life.
Mothers and fathers our main resource Mothers and fathers are the actors that help generate sustainable impacts within the home.
Public schools: co-responsible actors The teacher is Lorena Elementary School San Francisco Chindua. In this school has made ​​a serious and formal education in food and nutrition from the Crecemos DIJO intervention.

Monte Albán: Community Manager (1) coordinates the work of community leaders and establish alliances and external links, take care of the methodology and processes, Community Educator (2) Performs activities with the direct beneficiaries, establish links with families, Cook (2) preparing breakfast, Nutritionist (1) conducts evaluations of nutritional status, statistical analysis and dining menus and workshops. Mixteca: Community Manager (1) coordinates the work of community leaders and establish alliances and external links, take care of the methodology and processes, Community Educator (2) Performs activities with the direct beneficiaries, establish links with families, Nutritionist (1) performs evaluations of nutritional status, statistical analysis and dining menus and workshops. 

Work team In the video the people involved in the practice is. Team work Colonia Monte Albán and Mixteca Region.

After a year of providing food to children was observed an improvement in nutritional status because at home he continued with standard food, implemented the "Cooking at home" workshops in which mothers learn to cook dishes tasty, nutritious, balanced and economic. Children refuse to eat certain types of foods because they are not accustomed, mainly fruits and vegetables, "Little cooks" workshop was implemented in which children prepare dishes fun, playing with food is accomplished that they taste them and eventually accepted them in their daily lives. There are communities in the region in which the adults speak mainly Mixteca indigenous language, making it difficult communication workshops, adapted workshops to the language with the help of the community educator in the area who speaks very well its language, which facilitated communication and strengthened linkages with the families.

Little cooks Little Cooks Workshop on Yodocono. Children prepare a fruit salad.
Little cooks The Little Cooks Workshop has been requested by the public schools of the participating communities. Teachers have been trained.
Solidary Orchard The orchards are constructed with the help of all. Harvested food is consumed in the workshops of Cooking at Home.
Workshop: Cooking at Home Mothers are our primary resource for achieving impact at home. The workshops have been a meeting place where they learn to cook nutritious and balanced meals, and share experiences with other mothers in a positive way, which results in strengthening social cohesion.
Cooking at Home Workshop in native language In the community of San Juan Diuxi 70% of the population speak Mixtec language, so that the workshop had to adapt to their native language. Nohemi is community educator Diuxi and Tilantongo and she speaks very good Mixteco and knows the customs of the communities which facilitates intervention.
Cooking at home María Soledad through video sharing experience in Home Cooking workshops to improve nutrition in the home.
Little cooks Girls, Nelly and Montserrat tell us what the activity Little Cooks and what they have learned..

Practice is based on the principle of respect of the revaluation of culture and of the resources available so it is promoted the use and consumption of typical foods of the region. They are being implemented solidarity orchards in which parents collaborate in the elaboration of a garden at home for self-consumption of vegetables such as spinach, quelites, chepil, carrots, cilantro, celery, squash, chayotes, among others.
They have been in place mechanisms to prevent waste of water in the dining room, food scraps are used in compost for fertilizer.
Waste is separated, and the paper is recycled. 

compost To sensitize children on the importance of organic fertilizers has been promoted in practice making compost through the use of organic waste (fruit and vegetables).
didactic orchard in schools. Didactic orchards are developed in schools while respecting the environment, culture and available resources for the use and consumption of foods typical of the region. Thus it helps to conserve biodiversity and the agrarian culture of Oaxaca and particularly the Mixteca region.

Nutrition program starts in the community of Monte Alban in 2003 as a project of food to avoid hunger, however, the impact on the health of children was not satisfactory, so it was strengthened as a food and nutrition education through family and community education work program which improved the health of the children (2007-2011 project MAE "education and poverty reduction in low-income peri-urban indigenous communities"). In 2010 with the construction of the Center for community development project of Enel Coure opened the Center in the colony Monte Alban, Oaxaca, in order to expand services and strengthen nutrition program grow said that community. In 2010 the methodological experience expands, reaching 12 municipalities of the Mixteca Region. More than 1000 people has benefited from 2010.

Replicability Mixteca region The experience has been replicated in municipalities of the Mixteca Region. José Manuel shares the story and the conditions that were necessary to replicate the practice.
partnership We grow and Civil Organization DIJO Sikanda, are working together to strengthen food security in the Mixteca Region.

The Partnerships have created spaces for the dissemination of the results of the good practices of Crecemos DIJO as the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Mexico, the company Calzedonia Intimissimi, the Ibero-American University, the University of Padova, among others.
In April 2010, Oaxaca hosted the forum "Feeding the planet, energy for life" with Expo2015 sponsorship as part of the project activities: Reducing poverty in Mexico and promoting the Expo Milan 2015, where she was presented the publication "Feeding the people, strengthening hope" result of an investigation that puts manifest among others, the Crecemos DIJO experience in food education, which was presented as good practice.
Crecemos DIJO participated in the Latin American Congress of Pediatric Research in Monterrey, as rapporteur to Research: "Evaluation of the nutritional status of a child's room," in 2011.
In 2011 Crecemos DIJO won the award for best practices in child nutrition Pharmaton Kiddi.


Forum ExpoMilan Crecemos DIJO hosted the first activity promotion Expo alimentaria Milan, presenting his experience as a successful practice in food safety. The Director Socorro del Río shared the results.
Forum ExpoMilan The forum focused on the theme Food Security at bringing together major stakeholders in Mexico to discuss the main challenges in this subject and what each is contributing. Were present in the Bimbo company, the National Institute of Social Development, the Italian Embassy in Mexico, Mexico AVSI Foundation, The Center for Recovery and Nutritional Education in Brazil, Mexico and UNICEF hosted CrecemosDIJO.
Nutritional Colective Consultation It is a space of awareness, outreach and engagement through which nutrition instructor gives the results of the evaluation of the nutritional status of children and sensitize parents on the importance of a healthy, nutritious diet in childhood.
../file-system/small/pdf ../file-system/small/pdf Award for best practices in child nutrition Crecemos DIJO has unveiled its achievements through competitions. In 2011 he was the winner of best practices in Child Nutrition and Boeringer Ingelheim Pharmaton Kiidi.