WFP Guatemala Country Brief, June 2016

Situation Report
Originally published



  • In 2015, WFP Guatemala supported 741,200 foodinsecure people, mainly under its protracted relief and recovery operation. One third of the people received cash-based transfers (CBT).

  • In close collaboration with the Government, WFP builds long-term resilience of vulnerable communities affected by natural disasters and climate change.

  • Nutrition education, women empowerment and institutional capacity are integrated into all WFP interventions. WFP promotes the principles of equality, no discrimination, transparency and accountability among its implementing partners.

WFP Assistance

The integrated strategy of the country programme (CP) has three components: i) to prevent and reduce malnutrition among children under 2 by providing specialized nutritious foods and nutrition education; ii) to build resilience and reduce vulnerability in disasterprone communities through food assistance for assets creation; and iii) to build smallholder farmers’ capacity to respond to market demands.

Two joint programmes fall under the CP: “Accelerating Progress towards the Economic Empowerment of Rural Women in the Polochic Valley" led by WFP, in collaboration with UN Women, FAO and IFAD, and "Food Security and Nutrition in Targeted Municipalities of San Marcos" coordinated by PAHO/WHO, with the participation of WFP, FAO and UNICEF.

The trust fund (TF) supported the development of local capacity to produce Super Cereal Plus, known as Mi Comidita in Guatemala. Its distribution, along with a community education strategy, was integrated into the basic health and nutrition services of the Ministry of Health and the ‘1000 Days Window of Opportunity’ interventions in Totonicapan province aiming at reducing chronic malnutrition among children aged 623 months and improving feeding practices.

The protracted relief and recovery operation (PRRO) supports the government drought response plan and provides food assistance in the form of food and/or cash-based transfers (CBT) to food-insecure populations as an incentive to participate in asset creation and to stimulate the local economy. To facilitate emergency response planning, the Government embraces WFP’s food security assessment methodologies, resilience building approach, and conditional food assistance for assets creation. People in this programme include: small farmers or seasonal workers without food reserves; households relying on agriculture as their main income; households with more than 50-75 percent of staple grains losses. Households led by females or with a pregnant or nursing women and/or children under 5 at risk of malnutrition are prioritized for assistance.