Guatemala combines high exposure to the impact of natural phenomena with complex socioeconomic and political tensions and endemic poverty.
Climate change, prolonged droughts, systemic institutional weaknesses and corruption exacerbate existing vulnerabilities, leading to increased forced migration, food insecurity and protection risks. Moreover, the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to generating its own scenarios of needs, has exacerbated existing crises and increased the number of people with humanitarian needs.
Since 1973, COOPI has been intervening to assist communities most affected by disasters and food and nutrition insecurity, promoting their resilience to the effects of climate change.
Thanks to its activities, it supports local authorities in drawing up plans to manage food insecurity, encouraging the participation of civil society and the most marginalised groups, namely women and young people. Similarly, it implements disaster risk reduction and mitigation actions by preparing the most exposed communities and strengthening institutional capacities in risk management.