Guatemala Food Security Outlook October 2013 through March 2014

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Crop losses and reduced labor demand stress food security


 Current climate conditions favor an adequate national Postrera harvest in November/December, allowing the majority of households to meet food consumption needs during the outlook period. Excessive rainfall could, nonetheless, affect the harvest due to high moisture levels.

 The lean season for poor smallholder farmers in eastern Guatemala will be extended until the next harvest in December due to crop losses from the Primera harvest in September. Households in this area in the dry corridor will be Stressed (IPC Phase 2) until December 2013.

 Day laborers in the Western Highlands will have difficulty meeting their basic food consumption needs due to the reduction in the demand for unskilled labor in the coffee harvest. These households will experience Stressed (IPC Phase 2) acute food insecurity from January to March 2014.