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Helping Guatemala’s indigenous populations face recurring hunger and droughts

Guatemala is one of the world’s most food-insecure nations. In the northern region of San Marcos – home to more than a million, mostly indigenous, people – 86% of residents live in poverty, 61% in extreme poverty, and malnutrition affects 55% of the population. With funding from the European Commission, the UN World Food Programme (WFP) assists the most vulnerable in rolling back stunting or acute malnutrition, and strengthening families’ capacity to put food on the table.

WFP provides food supplies, vouchers and cash to mothers from the Quiché and Mam indigenous groups. Community committees make sure that the aid goes to those most in need, prioritising families with no income or food reserves, families with malnourished children, and single, expectant or lactating mothers.

Beneficiaries are provided with dry supplies, and funds to buy fresh meat and produce in local markets so as to kick-start the regional economy. Families are provided with the local staple foods: corn (100 pounds), beans (25 pounds), cooking oil (4 litres), fortified flour (10 pounds), noodles (6 pounds), rice (10 pounds), eggs, salt and sugar (10 pounds).

Photo credit: EU/ECHO/H. Avril 2015
Photo credit: WFP

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