Climatic shocks continue to exacerbate humanitarian needs for vulnerable populations across Guatemala. Recurrent droughts in parts of the country's Dry Corridor—an area encompassing a majority of central Guatemala—continue to diminish crop yields and increase food insecurity. In addition, hurricanes and other severe weather events have destroyed infrastructure and increased population displacement in affected areas. Meanwhile, the socioeconomic impacts of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and rising global inflation have increased existing food, health, livelihoods, nutrition, protection, and water, sanitation and hygiene needs across the country.
USAID funds early recovery, risk reduction, and resilience activities that focus on improving food security and promoting climate change adaptation. USAID partners are supporting vulnerable households to increase financial resilience and restore livelihoods and addressing water, sanitation, and hygiene needs by promoting improved hygiene practices and repairing water supply systems to reduce the risk of waterborne disease transmission. Additionally, USAID protection partners deliver child protection activities, and provide case management and referral services to survivors of gender-based violence and other forms of abuse.