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Primera crops are developing while white maize prices continue to rise

  • Key Message Update
  • Guatemala
  • July 2019
Primera crops are developing while white maize prices continue to rise

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  • Key Messages
    • In much of the country, Primera maize and bean crops are developing normally and are in the flowering phase. However, in some particular areas of the dry corridor, rainfall has been deficient and has hindered crop development, which will have an impact on yields.

    • In June maize price registered the highest value in the last 5 years (Q155 / QQ). Seasonally, the price increases between June-August as the market is supplied with stored grain and the formal and informal flows that enter from Mexico. The price of Mexican maize has increased as a result of the rise in the international price, in addition to restrictions on informal trade at the border.

    • Although official records (as of June 22) show an atypical increase in cases of acute malnutrition compared to 2018, these values remain within acceptable alert parameters. Petén, Zacapa and Quiché present an increase greater than 50 percent; the health area of Southwestern Petén triples the rates and in the Ixil area (Quiché) they double.

    • Although the demand for temporary employment remains stable, dry corridor households remain vulnerable after the early and continuous dependence to the market, therefore experiencing Stress (IPC, Phase 2) food security outcomes. While the poorest households that have incurred the use of negative coping strategies to meet their basic needs face a Crisis situation (IPC, Phase 3). 

    This Key Message Update provides a high-level analysis of current acute food insecurity conditions and any changes to FEWS NET's latest projection of acute food insecurity outcomes in the specified geography. Learn more here.

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