As part of Central America’s Dry Corridor, Guatemala is highly vulnerable to climate impacts including drought and high temperatures, which threaten farmer livelihoods and agricultural production. CGIAR researchers under the Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security (CCAFS) built strong relationships with relevant stakeholders in the region through the implementation and scaling of 41 Local Technical Agroclimatic Committees in 10 Latin American countries including Guatemala, which successfully enhanced farmers’ capacities to co-produce, translate and use climate information.
Guatemala is part of the Central American Integration System, which adopted a Climate-Smart Agriculture Strategy to combat threats from these impacts. The Strategy has four pillars, or axes, each with several activity areas, which the CGIAR Initiative on Climate Resilience will support. Initiative efforts will focus on improving agricultural livelihoods via improved climate information, early warning systems, climate security analyses that consider drivers of migration, and policy pathways to mainstream practices that have the potential to transform food systems.