Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Guatemala

November 24, 2014

Food Security Situation

Map of Guatemala
CIA World Factbook
  • Guatemala has the fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world and the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently almost 50 percent of children under five are stunted due to lack of access and improper utilization of nutritious foods. Within indigenous areas, 65 percent of the population is chronically malnourished. 

  • Guatemala is prone to natural disasters including hurricanes, earthquakes, floods and frosts which can exacerbate food insecurity among already vulnerable populations. 

  • Due to a reduction in the 2013-2014 coffee harvest caused by coffee rust, day laborers in western Guatemala are experiencing reduced labor opportunities and finding it more difficult to meet their basic food needs. Three consecutive years of lost food harvests due to irregular rainfall combined with reduced income from coffee labor are causing stressed and crisis levels of food insecurity among poor households in the eastern and western areas of Guatemala. 

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) now targets over 444,000 food-insecure Guatemalans in Totonicapan, San Marcos, Quiche, Huehuetenango, Quetzaltenango, and Alta Verapaz. 

  • In response to the coffee rust and drought crisis, FFP is partnering with the UN World Food Program (WFP) to provide food assistance in the form of cash transfers and food vouchers to those affected in the dry corridor region. 

  • FFP partners with Catholic Relief Services, Save the Children, and Mercy Corps International on a variety of development activities. These programs address chronic malnutrition in children and pregnant and lactating women, improve and diversify agricultural production, generate micro-enterprise activities, and improve water and sanitation issues.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $20.1 million 4,830  MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $21.4 million 10,500 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $14.2 million 10,870 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $38.1 million 24,090 MT
Fiscal Year 2010 $42.4 million 34,820 MT

Fiscal Year 2014 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $5.0 million 4,830 MT
Title II Emergency ---- ----
Emergency Food Security Program* (EFSP) $5.1 million ----
Community Development Funds (CDF) $10.0 million ----

Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET and WFP as of November 2014
FY 2014 contribution based on funds obligated as of September 2014
*Part of a Central American regional contribution

Additional Information

Country Specific Guidance

Last updated: July 02, 2015

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