Guatemala

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
67.4
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, 2014)
GDP
4.2
Percent
Annual GDP growth. Agriculture accounts for 11.5% of added value (World Bank, 2014)
Farmers
35.3
Thousand
Producers using improved technologies & skills with Feed the Future’s help in FY14
Sales
$11
Million
New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY14 from agricultural product sales
Nutrition
220
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY14 across Guatemala
Land
8.89
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY14
Investment
$2.5
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY14
Guatemala has tremendous potential for expanding its agricultural production

Food security is a pressing 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 chronic malnutrition is that families

Results by the numbers

  • More than 35,300 farmers and other producers applied improved technologies and management practices for the first time last year with Feed the Future’s help.
  • Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on nearly 9,000 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help last year.
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers increased the value of their agricultural product sales last year by more than $11.5 million.
  • Feed the Future leveraged nearly $2.55 million in new private investment in food and agriculture in Guatemala.

Western Guatemala has abundant natural resources that are ideal for horticulture and coffee production: rich, fertile soil; rainfall; and micro-climates. These resources and the region’s ample 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. The program combines investments in agriculture

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Guatemala.

  • Central America Agribusiness and Logistics Regional Program
  • Coffee Rust Support
  • Demographic and Health Survey (ENSMI) INCAP
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes (MasFrijol)
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Horticulture (MasRiego and Semillas de Esperanza)
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Integrated Pest Management
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for the Reduction of Post Harvest Loss
  • Food and Nutrition Technical Assistance III (FANTA)

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