Guatemala 2014


In early 2014, Guatemala experienced the worst Coffee Rust plagues in the region since 1976. Coupled with prolonged dry spells, the outbreak crippled coffee production, leaving hundreds of thousands of poor farming families struggling to cope.

In September 2013, the World Food Programme estimated that some 35,000 households dependent on coffee production were falling into food insecurity and were in need of immediate help. 

On 29 May 2014, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved a US$2.5 million rapid-response grant to help humanitarian partners in Guatemala provide life-saving assistance including food and treatment for acute malnutrition. 

Rapid Response