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.
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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.