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