Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Guatemala

October 22, 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. 

  • 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

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

Additional Information

Country Specific Guidance

Last updated: October 22, 2015

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