USAID/Guatemala Final Performance Evaluations for Four Economic Growth Office Projects
This report captures the results of four projects: the Competitive Enterprises in Coffee project, implemented by the National Coffee Association (ANACAFE); the Access to Dynamic Markets for Rural Small and Medium Enterprises project, implemented by the Guatemalan Association of Exporters (AGEXPORT); the Forestry Enterprises in Guatemala project, implemented by Rainforest Alliance; and the Guatemala Community Tourism Alliance project, implemented by Counterpart International.
The evaluation team examined the development problems facing small agricultural producers, community forestry concessions, community tourism and handicraft producer groups, the effectiveness of USAID’s development hypotheses put forward to address those problems, and the successes achieved or difficulties encountered by implementing partners. The report contains 14 findings, among them:
- The model of agricultural growth reducing poverty and producing jobs appeared more limited in rural communities, partly due to a limited number of non-farm local goods and services.
- The shift in focus to Feed the Future departments has added challenges to the task of achieving economic sustainability for the horticultural and community-based tourism value chains.
- Small producers tend to retain their traditional production of corn and beans, using more land than they plant in high-value products to reduce their risk in the event of a cash crop failure.