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
16.6
Million
Population of Guatemala (World Bank, 2016)
Poverty
59.3
Percent*
Percentage of population living under the national poverty line (World Bank, 2014)
Stunting
67.4
Percent*
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions in 2013
Rural
44.7
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Guatemala (World Bank, 2016)
GDP
3.1
Percent
Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 10.7% of added value (World Bank, 2016)
Farmers
74.7
Thousand
Producers using improved technologies and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY16
Sales
$24
Million
New income earned by Feed the Future farmers from agricultural sales in FY 2016
Nutrition
230
Thousand
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY16 across Guatemala
Land
17
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY16
Investment
$7.4
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY16
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). Guatemala faces high levels of chronic

Results by the Numbers

  • Nearly 75,000 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 17,000 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help last year.

  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers increased the value of their agricultural sales by nearly $24.2 million last year alone.

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 2016-2020 National Strategy to Prevent Chronic Malnutrition, 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 139 focus municipalities of the

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

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