Guatemala is in the midst of a food crisis rooted in longstanding poverty and inequality, increasing violence, and a degraded natural resource base that is deteriorating at an accelerating rate due to demographic pressures and a series of natural disasters, including repeated droughts in vulnerable areas of the country. Many Guatemalans often depend heavily on income from unskilled agricultural labor to purchase food to meet their needs, however rising food prices make it difficult to survive.

Our Partners in Guatemala

Groundswell began to collaborate with Qachuu Aloom in 2015. Qachuu Aloom is a Mayan NGO with 500 members working in Baja Verapaz to spread agroecological farming, and is one of the main organizations conserving, producing, and selling native seeds in the country. We have also collaborated with the REDSSAG (Guatemalan Food Sovereignty Network) to promote consumption of healthy local food.

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Country Facts:

  • Population: 16,015,494
  • 11.5% live on $1.90 or less per day
  • 32.7% of people making their livelihood through agriculture
  • 27 languages spoken

OUR LOCAL ALLY: Qachuu Aloom

Director: Rosalia Asig

Mission: To rescue, preserve and manage native seeds through traditional knowledge and agroecology.

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