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 extreme poverty in Feed the Future target regions in 2013
Stunting
67.4
Percent*
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions in 2013
Rural
48
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Guatemala (World Bank, 2015)
GDP
4.2
Percent
Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 11.4% of added value (World Bank, 2014)
Farmers
66.1
Thousand
Producers using improved technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY15
Sales
$28
Million
Annual sales reported by Feed the Future-supported farmers in FY15
Nutrition
249
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY15 across Guatemala
Land
15.7
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY15
Investment
$3.8
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. Feed the Future focuses its efforts in these target regions where chronic malnutrition among young children is over 67 percent (Western Highlands Integrated Program Baseline Survey, 2013). One of the primary reasons Guatemala faces

Results by the Numbers

  • More than 66,000 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 more than 15,700 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help last year.

  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers reported more than $28 million in annual agricultural sales.

  • Feed the Future

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

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

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