Guatemala: Food Crisis DREF operation n° MDRGT001

Situation Report
Originally published


Summary: 30,000 Swiss francs (28,907 US dollars/19,832 Euros) were allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 15 September 2009 to support the Guatemalan Red Cross (GRC) in conducting assessments in the high risk areas where the population's livelihoods were lost.

The Guatemalan Red Cross completed rapid assessments to evaluate the food insecurity situation in the departments of Jalapa, Chiquimula and Izabal. The assessments covered 2,053 families in 21 communities. The GRC volunteers and personnel assessed the areas of breastfeeding and complimentary feeding, water and sanitation, promotion of health practices, logistics and security and monitoring. An evaluation report and a plan of action were completed.

The European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) contributed 30,000 Swiss francs to the DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation. The major donors to the DREF are the Irish, Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian governments and ECHO. Details of all donors can be found on