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Report and Documentary Launch: Tracking Promises: Analyzing the Impact of Feed the Future Investments in Guatemala

June 8, 2017 • 3:30 – 5:30 pm EDT

Guatemala is the wealthiest of Feed the Future’s 19 focus countries globally, yet it grapples with severe malnutrition, rising poverty, and stark inequality. Stunting levels rival those of Malawi and Yemen. Since emerging from decades of civil war in 1996, Guatemala’s economy has made significant strides but many of its most vulnerable people, particularly in indigenous communities, have been left behind. Public health and social service spending are among the lowest in the western hemisphere. A changing climate and high exposure to natural hazards further exacerbate the challenges facing the rural agrarian poor.

Join the CSIS Global Food Security Project for the launch of its third and final country case study, Tracking Promises: Analyzing the Impact of Feed the Future Investments in Guatemala. The team traveled to Guatemala in late 2016 to investigate the largest Feed the Future portfolio in the Americas, its technical strategy, its sectoral and geographical distribution of investments, and its coordination efforts within and beyond U.S. programming. The report and documentary outline the Guatemalan country context and the U.S. government response, highlighting implementation seccesses and challenges while presenting a set of targeted policy recommendations to both the U.S. government and the government of Guatemala. Speakers traveling from Guatemala give the Washington, DC community a chance to hear directly from the field.

Kimberly Flowers
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Humanitarian Agenda and Global Food Security Program

Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-CA)

U.S. House of Representatives

German Rafael González Díaz

Secretary, Secretariat of Food and Nutrition Security (SESAN), Government of Guatemala

Janet Lawson

Former Feed the Future Coordinator, U.S. Agency for International Development/Guatemala

Patricia O'Connor

Senior Technical Advisor & Former Chief of Party, Nutri-Salud, University Research Company

Luis Ramirez

Project Coordinator, Buena Milpa, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)

Reid Hamel