Restoring Food Security and Livelihoods for Vulnerable Groups Affected by Recurrent Shocks in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua.

About this Operation

Operation Documents

Resource Situation

Recent disasters, economic shocks and food and fuel price increases have compromised the already precarious food security of the poor in Central America. Protracted relief and recovery operation 200490 is designed to support national response to and recovery from the effects of natural disasters on the food security of vulnerable people in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. 


El Salvador

El Salvador with its 5.7 million inhabitants (in addition over 2 million residing abroad) is a middle income country with profound inequalities in distribution of wealth (GINI: 0.52) and persisting profound levels of poverty. The food and nutritional security situation is of concern with an estimated 16.3 percent of rural families not having sufficien...


The face of Guatemalan hunger is young, female, indigenous and rural. Guatemala has the highest chronic undernutrition rate in Latin America and the Caribbean, and fourth in the world. The situation worsens in rural areas where chronic undernutrition reaches 55 percent and 69 percent among indigenous populations....




With a per capita National Gross Income (NGI) of 980 dollars, Nicaragua is the second poorest nation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Recurring natural disasters (earthquakes, floods, drought, swells, and volcanic eruptions) have also destroyed the country’s economic base and caused great human loss. The incidence of poverty is highest amo...