Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Guatemala

May 26, 2017

Food Security Situation  

Guatemala map
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 to nutritious foods. Within indigenous areas, nearly 70 percent of the population is chronically malnourished.

  • The 2015/2016 El Niño phenomenon led to one of the worst droughts in 35 years in Central America. In particular, Guatemala has suffered from consecutive poor harvests, which have led to limited agricultural production, lost labor opportunities and reduced household incomes, exacerbating food insecurity among already vulnerable households.  According to the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET), precipitation in the upcoming 2017 rainy season will again be below-average. By September 2017, FEWS NET predicts that approximately 880,000 people will be experiencing Crisis (IPC 3) levels of food insecurity.

Food Assistance Programs

  • In response to the drought crisis, the Office of Food for Peace (FFP) supports the UN World Food Program (WFP) and NGOs to provide food assistance to vulnerable households throughout the dry corridor. In an effort to reduce food and nutrition insecurity and mitigate impacts of the drought, FFP provides assistance in the form of cash transfers, food vouchers, cash-for-training and cash-for-assets programs.
  • FFP also supports two ongoing, multi-year development programs that empower communities to build food security and resilience to shocks. These programs—implemented in partnership with Catholic Relief Services and Save the Children—aim to improve maternal and child health and increase household access to food. In particular, programs focus on training communities to better manage natural resources and boost access to agricultural and non-agricultural livelihoods opportunities and financial services.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2017 $28.6 million ---
Fiscal Year 2016 $27.4 million 1,030 MT
Fiscal Year 2015 $19.0 million 5,880 MT
Fiscal Year 2014 $19.7 million 4,560 MT
Fiscal Year 2013 $21.9 million 10,540 MT

Fiscal Year 2017 Contribution Breakdown:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Title II Development $14.9 million ----
Community Development Funds (CDF) ---- ----
Title II Emergency ---- ----
Emergency Food Security Program (EFSP) $13.7 million ----

Food Security Situation information is provided by FEWS NET and WFP

FY 2017 contribution on funds provided to date


Additional Information

Country Specific Guidance

Last updated: May 26, 2017

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