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12 September 2009

The Guatemalan army stole at least 333 children and sold them for adoption in other countries during the Central American nation's 36-year civil war, a government report has concluded. (..) The United Nations' World Food Programme says Guatemala has the fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world and the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean.


10 September 2009

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom has declared a "state of public calamity" (..). The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) announced it would start distributing 20 tonnes of nutritional biscuits to the worst affected areas.


10 September 2009

President Alvaro Colom of Guatemala said he would invoke public order laws to impose a "state of calamity" in an effort to stave off mass hunger. (..) The World Food Programme pledged to send 20 tonnes of nutritional biscuits to the worst-affected rural areas.


10 September 2009

The United Nations is set to issue a flash appeal to respond to the humanitarian situation caused by severe droughts Guatemala. The droughts have caused food shortages in the Latin American country. The World Food Programme says the situation has been exacerbated by previous crop losses, low food stocks, and declining remittances, exports, foreign investment due to the global economic crisis.


9 September 2009

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom declared ''a state of public calamity'' late Tuesday to help mobilize funds and resources to confront a food shortage that will affect thousands of families. (..) The World Food Program announced it will start distributing 20 tons of nutritional cookies to the most affected areas.


9 September 2009

Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom has declared a state of national calamity because so many citizens do not have food or proper nutrition. (..) The United Nations' World Food Programme says Guatemala has the fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world and the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean.


9 September 2009

Alvaro Colom, the Guatemalan president, announced he would invoke the public order laws to impose a “state of calamity” in an effort to stave off mass hunger in the Central American nation. (..). The World Food Programme of the United Nations provided an immediate response, pledging to send 20 tons of nutritional biscuits to the worst-affected areas in the countryside.


25 August 2009

The Guatemalan government announced a $40 million plan to alleviate the food crisis that is blamed for 17 deaths from malnutrition.
Food Security Secretary Juan Aguilar announced in statements cited Monday by the press that some 140 million quetzales ($16.9 million) will be invested in the purchase of seeds and in the delivery of baskets of food to families affected by the crisis.


30 March 2009

Guatemala is part of the 314 million euro aid package to support agricultural and food security projects adopted today by the European Commission. Guatemala will receive 15 million Euros for Agriculture. The projects will operate in 3 year cycles. The aid package is for the 23 countries worst hit by the economic crisis in the world. [...] All funding of the projects adopted today will be channelled through International Organisations: the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the World Food Programme (WFP), the World Bank, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and specialised UN agencies like UNOPS (in Myanmar/Burma) and UNRWA (in Palestine).


15 March 2009

In Latin America, the country of Guatemala suffers high child malnutrition rates. Jennifer Mizgata, a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) officer in Washington DC, visited Guatemala and saw first-hand the suffering of children. Mizgata, in an account of her visit published in the Baltimore Sun, wrote: "Henri is just 11, but already his prematurely wizened face is that of a grown-up - a casualty of a daily job breaking rocks in the sun. By contrast, his small body resembles that of the average American 8-year-old..... Yet thanks to an alternative school program and his own determination, Henri is able to study in the afternoon. In fact, he is the best math student in his class. ... Henri is kept out of traditional school by marginal school fees and his need to work to survive. While investing in education is critical, Guatemalans must first be able to eat. Without food, Henri and his peers can't focus on their education." School feeding is desperately needed in Gautemala. Priscila De Molina is a WFP program assistant in Guatemala and she recently discussed the details of school feeding in the country.