Guatemala

Feed the Future Country Fact Sheet

Country Profile
Guatemala
In Guatemala, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Guatemala and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
1.5
Million
Number of people who live in Feed the Future target regions in Guatemala
Poverty
5.9
percent
Percentage of population living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions
Stunting
67.5
percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions
Rural
49
percent
Percentage of population living in rural Guatemala (World Bank, 2013)
GDP
3.7
percent
Annual GDP growth. Agriculture accounts for 11% of added value (World Bank, 2013)
Farmers
11.7
thousand
Producers using new technology & skills with Feed the Future’s help in FY13
Sales
20.4
million
Value of Feed the Future farmer sales in FY13
Nutrition
187
thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY13
Land
6.5
thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY13
Investment
3.5
million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY13
Guatemala has tremendous potential for expanding its agricultural production
Food security is a grave concern in Guatemala, especially when it comes to children. Half of all children under 5 in this Central American country are chronically malnourished—the worst level of malnutrition in the Western Hemisphere.
 
The statistics are even more alarming in the Western Highlands of the country, where the majority of the population is indigenous: Chronic malnutrition among young children is 67 percent in Feed the Future target regions (Western Highlands Integrated Program Baseline Survey, 2013). One of the primary reasons Guatemala faces such high levels of
Results by the numbers*

  • More than 11,700 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time on more than 6,500 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help.
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers sold $20.4 million (USD) worth of agricultural products.
  • Feed the Future leveraged more than $3.5 million (USD) in new private investment in food and agriculture in Guatemala.
Guatemala’s abundant natural resources, micro-climates and labor force offer tremendous potential for further developing the horticulture and coffee sectors. The Government of Guatemala has designated food security as a top priority in the implementation of the Zero Hunger Pact, its national food security plan. To support this pact and its goals to reduce poverty and undernutrition, the U.S. Government is implementing a highly integrated, multi-sector program in 30 of the 166 Zero Hunger Pact municipalities that combines investments in agriculture, health and nutrition, local governance, food assistance, education, and environmental adaptation to climate change. Implementation has
Feed the Future-supported activities in Guatemala:
 
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Integrated Pest Management
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture
  • Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III (FANTA) 
  • Food for Peace Programs: Food Security Focused on the First Thousand Days (SEGAMIL) and Western Highlands Program of Integrated Actions for Food Security and Nutrition (PAISANO)
  • International Food Policy Research

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Target Regions

Map of Feed the Future target regions in Guatemala