Guatemala Food Security Update, November 2008
- The season of high demand for unskilled labor continues in November with the start of the harvest of sugar cane and the coffee cutting activities. The demand is expected to be within normal ranges and improve food access for the poorest households.
- The season of cold fronts and frosts has begun, which could damage crops in vulnerable areas if the temperatures fall below 4=B0 C in the highlands in the west of the country.
- Prices are at the top of the historical values but have shown a tendency to stabilize, and even decline, influenced by the reduction of international commodity prices. If seasonal agricultural activities do not resume in the northern areas of the country recently affected by excessive rains, the prices of staple cereals could increase in the early months of 2009, as supply would be lower than normal.