|The Institute of Nutrition of Central America and Panama (INCAP) was founded on September 14, 1949, based in Guatemala City with offices of Technical Cooperation in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Dominican Republic.
During Over sixty yearsINCAP has worked in research in clinical nutrition, strengthening of technical cooperation programs in applied public health nutrition, development of community nutrition projects, application of research results in actions based on the multi- causality of malnutrition, with important implications in the paradigms of institutional work.
The Basic Agreement, signed in 1953, was the basis for its establishment and operation. From that year the INCAP has legal personality.
This Agreement was valid until 1998, date on which its Directing Council signed an updated version that became effective in January 2003 after being ratified by the National Congress.
The Basic Agreement establishes the bodies and organs for its functioning, the privileges, immunities and privileges which enjoys as an international organizarion, recognizing its status as an institution of the Central American Integration System (SICA).
In 1993, Member States gave INCAP the mandate to promote Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), a key strategy for sustainable development, reducing malnutrition and poverty in Central America. Currently, the organization comply with this mandate and those stipulated in the Basic Agreement and it is intended to fulfill the agreements of the Summit of Presidents, the resolutions of the Board of INCAP, Resolutions and COMISCA RESSCAD; to strengthen the Strategic Objective 8 of the Health Agenda for Central America and the Dominican Republic and binding to the SAN, as well as supporting the activities of the Social Strategic Agenda of Central America
Health ministers from the eight member countries (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and Dominican Republic) and Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO / WHO) conform the Directing Council, which is the highest body of management of the institution.