ACT Alliance Preliminary Appeal: Drought induced food crisis in Guatemala - GUA-141

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Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 483,955

Balance Requested: US$ 342,343

Geneva, 15th October 2014

Dear Colleagues,

Guatemala, one of the worst affected countries by climate change, is now facing a food crisis due to the significant impact of drought, which according to a number of experts will further increase in the next year, with the regions impacted also growing.

The drought is causing high losses of corn and beans, the basic grains for the population, in the dry corridor affecting 236,000 families due to their dependence on these for subsistence farming. The government declared a State of Calamity, in 16 of the 22 departments. The eastern side of the country is the most affected, specially the Chortí indigenous people.

CONASAN (the Departmental Committee on Food and Nutrition Security) has said this could be the worst drought in 40 years, with 478 eastern communities the most impacted regarding food security, 26 confirmed deaths due to malnutrition among children.