At a Glance

The Central America Regional Program serves Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. 

Guatemala continues to struggle with high exposure to natural hazards and a natural resource base already degraded by overexploitation, deforestation, and slash-and-burn agricultural practices. Higher temperatures and more variable rainfall will increase the risk of food and water insecurity among the country’s most vulnerable. In addition to potentially exacerbating these adverse impacts, climate change will increase disaster risks in rapidly urbanizing areas with highly unstable physical infrastructure. The land-use change and forestry sector contribute around half of overall greenhouse gas emissions, followed by forestry, energy, and agriculture.

    Funding and Key Indicators

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    USAID Regional Climate Change Funding (2020)


    $11.4 Million


    $1.75 Million

    Clean Energy

    $3.8 Million

    Sustainable Landscapes

    $5.85 Million

    GAIN Vulnerability


    Population (2020)

    17.2 Million

    GHG Emissions Growth


    % Forested Area


    Climate Change Information

    Guatemala Photo Gallery

    Stories from the Area

    The Feed the Future Guatemala Coffee Value Chains Project in Guatemala’s Western Highlands provides technical assistance to members of poor rural households working in the coffee value chain and horticulture.
    Residents of Guatemala’s dry corridor are hungry. In 2018, drought-related crop failures directly affected one in 10 Guatemalans and caused extreme food shortage for upwards of 840,000 people according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Thousands of Guatemalans support and feed their families with subsistence farming and the alarming climate trends of the dry corridor are making each year harder to survive.
    Planners at USAID and in host country governments need to choose how to invest funds to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from land. Should they focus on establishing or strengthening protected areas in the east? Restoring mangroves in the north? Improving timber harvesting practices in the south? In each country, there are many choices.