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October 22, 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.
As a result of the El Niño phenomenon, Guatemala is facing one of the worst droughts in 35 years. Inadequate rainfall in the dry corridor since 2014 has led to significant crop failures, limited agricultural production, lost labor opportunities, and reduced household incomes, exacerbating food insecurity among already vulnerable households. According to FEWS NET, 1 million people are currently in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) food insecurity.
Food Assistance Programs
The Office of Food for Peace (FFP) targets vulnerable households affected by El Niño throughout the dry corridor region.
In response to the drought crisis, FFP supports the UN World Food Program (WFP) to provide food assistance to reduce food and nutrition insecurity and mitigate impacts of the drought. FFP is providing assistance in the form of general food distributions, cash transfers, food vouchers and food-for-asset activities including latrine building, water harvesting, septic tank building and soil conservation.
FFP also partners with Catholic Relief Services and Save the Children on a variety of development activities. These programs work with the most vulnerable populations to address chronic malnutrition in children and pregnant and lactating women, improve and diversify agricultural production, create micro-enterprise opportunities, and improve access to 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
- 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: October 22, 2015