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Sowing of basic grains continues as the lean season progresses

  • Key Message Update
  • Guatemala
  • May 2021
Sowing of basic grains continues as the lean season progresses

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  • Key Messages
    • After the temporary reinforcement of restrictions in April related to the third wave of COVID-19 infections, economic activities continue their recovery with limited capacity, distancing and use of masks, following the “traffic light” level of emergency system. Important sectors of employment, such as services and commerce, have maintained a gradual reactivation while the education sector prepares for a possible return to the hybrid system. Vaccination against COVID has started, but its progress is slow and uncertain in terms of the reception of vaccines already purchased and the acquisition of new batches.

    • The beginning of the rainy season in April allowed the establishment of maize crops in various municipalities on the southern and southwestern coasts of the country, where crops are already in various stages of development. According to forecasts, the performance of the rains will be favorable during the month for the sowings to be carried out in the rest of the country, although in targeted areas of the east the sowings could be carried out until early June.

    • At the national level, food access continues to be affected for poor households that, due to the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, lost their jobs or had their income reduced, which they have not been able to fully restore. These households have resorted to the use of their savings, loans and adjustments to the quality and quantity of their meals to maintain their diet, which is why they are classified in Stress (IPC Phase 2).

    • Until September, rural households will go through the lean season that began earlier than usual. The impact of the COVID-19 related regulations on income generation caused the premature use of coping strategies. Without new crops or sources of income, households are completely dependent on the market for their food but face persistently high transportation and food costs. Poor households located in the dry corridor, as well as those located in the areas affected by storms Eta and Iota that are still recovering their livelihoods, will continue to use Crisis Coping Strategies (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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