With the sixth highest level of chronic malnutrition in the world, and the highest in Latin America and the Caribbean, food security is an urgent issue in Guatemala. 47 percent of all children under five years are stunted, with indigenous and rural populations disproportionately affected. Guatemala is also one of 10 countries most vulnerable to natural disasters as the effects of climate change continue to severely impact nutritional outcomes and rural livelihoods. Longer dry seasons have devastated the agricultural sector, depriving smallholder farmers of income and pushing families into acute food insecurity. This exacerbates high levels of inequality and poverty, further escalating out-migration. Lutheran World Relief is committed to building hope for the next generation and supporting Guatemalans to achieve a stable and dignified life within their own country.
Lutheran World Relief began its work in Guatemala in the 1990s, with a constant presence since 2017. Promoting environmentally sustainable practices, we support farming families to improve health and nutrition, increase crop quality and yield, access sources of credit and sell produce in larger and more profitable markets.
By championing co-creation with local partners to strengthen market-based agricultural development, Lutheran World Relief is addressing the root causes of migration, poverty and malnutrition through a holistic approach that advances community resilience and long-term food security.