50%Live in Rural Areas
32%Rely on Agriculture
14%Live Below the Poverty Line
About half of Guatemala’s population live in rural areas. The World Bank reports that 41 percent of Guatemala’s land area is used for agricultural purposes and 32 percent of its total population rely on agriculture for their livelihoods.
Guatemala rates 125 out of 187 countries in poverty according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index (2014). About 14 percent of its 15 million people live below the poverty line, on
$1.25 a day, and 13 percent of children under 5 are malnourished.
Our Work In Guatemala
Heifer Guatemala works will small-scale farm families to improve their local environment and the management of their natural resources. Our programs are designed to encourage collaboration between individuals and between individuals and community entities. We work to establish and develop strong community-based organizations (i.e. farmer associations and cooperatives) that emphasize the empowerment of women and youth.
Families are improving their livelihoods by becoming key players in strengthening their food and nutritional security. They are learning to grow a variety of nutritional foods in an Earth-friendly, sustainable way, and raising healthier animals that provide a good source of protein. Our work is helping families expand their farm’s production, generate additional income by accessing new markets, and foster local value chains (i.e. coffee, cocoa, cardamom and honey).
Leadership and Decision Making Training, Women’s Self-Help Groups, Farmer Exchange Visits, Full Participation
Value Chain Development, Ancestral Knowledge Education, Good Manufacturing Practices, Organizational Strengthening, Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training
Passing on the Gift®, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Self-help Groups, Community Leadership, Resource Mobilization, Cooperative Development
Animal and Crop Management, Vegetable Gardening, Medicinal Herb Gardens, Food System Development
Natural Resource Management, Soil and Water Conservation, Risk Management, Reforestation, Agroforestry, Agroecology
Programs and Projects
PROMESA:Economic Improvement and Food Security in Coffee, Cocoa, and Other Crop Commodities
GANASOL:Livestock and Sustainable Agriculture on Latin American Hillsides
SAN SECO:Food and Nutritional Security in the Central and South American Dry Corridor