Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Guatemala

September 8, 2015

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. 

  • Prolonged drought and low rainfall in the dry corridor has reduced agricultural production and exacerbated food insecurity among very poor households. These households are currently experiencing stressed (Integrated Phase Classification (IPC) 2) food insecurity and may face crisis (IPC Phase 3) in coming months without food assistance. 

Food Assistance Programs

  • The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) targets 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 supports recovery activities including latrine building, water harvesting, septic tank building and soil conservation. 

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

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2015 $9.0 million 5,880 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $19.7 million 4,560  MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $21.9 million 10,540 MT
Fiscal Year 2012 $14.2 million 10,870 MT
Fiscal Year 2011 $38.1 million 24,090 MT

Fiscal Year 2015 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $5.9 million 5,840 MT
Title II Emergency* $0.1 million 40 MT
Emergency Food Security Program* (EFSP) $3.0 million ----

Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET and WFP
FY 2015 contribution based on funds obligated to date
*Part of a Central American regional contribution

Additional Information

Country Specific Guidance

Last updated: September 08, 2015

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