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Emergency Assessments, Earthquakes
10 July 2014

Early Monday morning an earthquake measuring 6.4 degrees on the Richter scale, shook the border area between Guatemala and Mexico. The Guatemalan Department of San Marcos, which borders the two countries was the most adversely affected. The following pictures are from WFP’s initial response teams, which are currently on the scene assessing the situation.

Food for Assets
30 May 2014

In April WFP launched a Food for Assets programme that assists 14.000 households whose income sources and food supplies began to run out since March 2014 due to the crisis of coffee rust and drought that is affecting thousands of small-scale farmer households, unemployed coffee cutters, and households with children suffering from acute malnutrition. On May 26, 2014 the WFP also launched a “Cash for Assets” initiative that currently assists 2,000 families to help mitigate the impact of the Coffee Rust.

Focus on Women
8 May 2014

The Coffee Rust Crisis is hitting families hard in the village of La Conquista. Take Iliana’s. They have switched from growing coffee to bananas. But the fruit sells for less, so the family is noticeably poorer. Iliana's husband has gone to Mexico to find work. Meanwhile, to save money, she has pulled her eldest daughter out of school. Times are tough. But support from WFP and the Government is making a difference.

Nutrition
14 March 2014

The Government of Canada has donated $ 2 million for the manufacturing of “Mi Comidita” a fortified food supplement and project of the Government of Guatemala. The pilot project has been launched in the department of Totonicapán with the aim of assisting 3,000 pregnant and nursing mothers, and their children as part of Guatemala’s Zero Hunger Pact coordinated by SESAN.

Nutrition
5 February 2014

PANAMA CITY –The World Food Programme (WFP) has appointed Miguel Barreto, a Peruvian national, as its new Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean. His duty will be to  oversee WFP operations  across the region.

 

Emergencies, Floods
4 October 2013

WFP is providing emergency assistance to 1,472 families from Nueva Concepción, in the department of Escuintla, after the Coyolate River flooded their houses, destroyed their crops and also blocked road access.

Climate Change, Emergencies, Focus on Women, Gender, HIV/AIDS, Hurricanes, Nutrition
2 August 2013

The WFP Deputy Regional Director and Officer in Charge, Alzira Ferreira, and the Regional Director of Plan in the Americas, Roland Angerer, signed an agreement to work together to fight food insecurity to help the most vulnerable populations, especially women and children, in Latin America and the Caribbean.  

Refugees and IDPs
27 June 2013

ROME/VATICAN CITY – His Holiness Pope Francis this morning granted a private audience to Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP).  The meeting took place immediately upon Cousin’s return from Syria and following her recent visit to Israel and Palestine.

Emergencies
11 April 2013

Families in Guatemala that are still recovering from the destruction caused by the earthquake of 7 November 2012 and the aftermath early 2013  are now facing a new calamity: coffee rust. Due to this plague, the coffee harvest, Guatemala main export, has decreased, reducing the incomes and food access of vulnerable households.
 

P4P Stories from the field, Purchase for Progress
24 January 2013

Purchase for Progress (P4P) started in late 2008 in Guatemala with the support of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. Thanks to P4P some 14,800 small holder farmers –organized in 81 cooperatives—have sold more than 8,000 metric tons of food to WFP and in local markets. In its fourth anniversary, Sheryl Schneider, P4P Coordinator, reviews its achievements and future plans.