Economic Opportunities

Guatemala: USAID Coffee Value Chains Project

Project Profile

Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Feed the Future initiative, the project aims to reduce poverty and chronic malnutrition by increasing agricultural incomes and improving the resilience of 15,000 smallholder farmers and their families.

Led by the Guatemalan coffee cooperative federation Fedecocagua, and supported by NCBA CLUSA, Guatemala is among the 12 priority countries for investment under the new Global Food Security Strategy, which aims to provide access to markets for farmers, support innovative agricultural approaches to face current and future challenges, and help communities be more resilient to climate change.

at a glance:

December 2017 – September 2022

funded by:
USAID
$4,300,000

Partners:

Fedecocagua

Targets:

Small Farmers:
15,000 

Project Profile

Funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Feed the Future initiative, the project aims to reduce poverty and chronic malnutrition by increasing agricultural incomes and improving the resilience of 15,000 smallholder farmers and their families.

Led by the Guatemalan coffee cooperative federation Fedecocagua, and supported by NCBA CLUSA, Guatemala is among the 12 priority countries for investment under the new Global Food Security Strategy, which aims to provide access to markets for farmers, support innovative agricultural approaches to face current and future challenges, and help communities be more resilient to climate change.

Impact Story:

U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala Luis E. Arreaga addresses the Fedecocagua Annual Meeting.
U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala Luis E. Arreaga addresses the Fedecocagua Annual Meeting.

U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala Luis E. Arreaga attended the launch ceremony along with community members from the departments and regions where the project will be working: Quiché, Huehuetenango and San Marcos.

“It is a source of pride for me, as a representative of the United States Government, to participate in the development of sustainable productive activities that generate new jobs for men and women, creating prosperity in the municipalities of the Western Highlands,” said Ambassador Arreaga.

Feed The Future reported that support for organizations like Fedecocagua is the ideal framework to raise the level of quality of life of the participating communities.

“Spontaneous community organization is the correct way to bring development to rural Guatemalan communities, driven by successful insertion in the national and international coffee market,” Feed the Future said in a statement, according to local Guatemalan newspaper El Periodico.

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