Guatemala Food Security Outlook Update November 2012

Report
from Famine Early Warning System Network
Published on 30 Nov 2012 View Original

Without timely assistance, food security in the northwest will deteriorate

KEY POINTS

-The earthquake that struck Guatemala on November 7 caused considerable damage to infrastructure in the areas of housing, water and sanitation, and production. The Government of Guatemala declared a State of Emergency in eight departments in the northern and southwestern regions of the country.

  • The timely delivery of food assistance to households affected by the earthquake is critical to avoid deterioration in food security conditions. The most affected municipalities in the altiplano are classified at Stressed (IPC Phase 2) levels for the Outlook period through March 2013.

  • Damage to productive infrastructure could lead to lower levels of income for the poorest households during the period that typically exhibits the greatest demand for unskilled labor. In addition, there may be fewer household options for addressing the issues of post-disaster recovery and the planting of primera crops in 2013.