Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Guatemala

April 7, 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 49.8 percent of children under five are chronically undernourished. Guatemala is also one of the most unequal countries in the world. Within indigenous areas, 65.9 percent of the population is chronically malnourished. Stunted growth is a common occurrence in children due to a lack of access to more nutritious foods. 

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

  • Due to a reduction in the 2013-2014 coffee harvest, laborers in western Guatemala may experience reduced labor opportunities and find it more difficult to meet their basic food needs, resulting in stressed levels of food insecurity in early 2014. 

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. 

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

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2014 $14.9 million 4,851  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 $4.9 million 4,851 MT
Title II Emergency ---- ----
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) ---- ----
Community Development Funds (CDF) $10.0 million ----

Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET and WFP as of April 2014
FY14 contribution based on funds obligated as of April 2014
CDF: Community Development Funds

Additional Information

Country Specific Guidance

Last updated: September 09, 2014

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