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September 8, 2015
Food Security Situation
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
|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
- Guatemala Baseline Study Report
- Success Story: Home Gardens improve nutrition, empower women in Guatemala
- Learn more about how USAID and Save the Children are working together to tackle hunger in Guatemala: Getting to the Root of Malnutrition in Guatemala
- Feed the Future in Guatemala
Country Specific Guidance
Last updated: September 08, 2015