Brazil's contribution is feeding 150,000 people in Guatemala. (Copyright: WFP/Elizabeth Sagastume)
The World Food Programme thanked the Government of Brazil for its support to the Emergency and Recovery Operation in Guatemala which targets the most vulnerable population hit by Tropical Depression 12E in October 2011.
To date, the Brazilian government has donated more than 2.785 metric tons of beans and rice with which WFP is able to feed 150.000 people. The Brazilian donation, valued at over US$2 million, arrived in Guatemala with the support of the Australian Government, which covered the transportation costs, worth more than US$1 million.
"The Government of President Dilma Rousseff and the Diplomacy led by Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota emphasize solidarity as an important basis for foreign relations in Brazil. In this regard, in June 2011, the President enacted a law authorizing the donation of food for humanitarian assistance to individual countries, including Guatemala, through WFP," said the Ambassador of Brazil, José Roberto de Almeida Pinto.
The Brazilian diplomat added that "donations of beans and rice are one of the ways in which Brazil supports Guatemala in its endeavor to address food insecurity."
"We are grateful for Brazil´s contribution, which sets an example to the world in the terms of fight against hunger achieving spectacular results. These food donations will be distributed to the most vulnerable families, right in the period where it is most needed," said Guy Gauvreau, WFP Representative in Guatemala.
The donation of 1.785 tons of beans was received last November, just a month after Tropical Depression 12E, while 1,000 metric tons of rice arrived this April.
The new donation of rice to WFP will start a second phase of assistance aimed at families who lost their crops during last year's emergency. Assistance will be provided through food-for-asset programmes, in emergency preparedness and capacity building activities at community level in 20 departments of the country.
These activities are undertaken in cooperation and coordination with government partners and in support of municipal and local authorities. WFP is accompanying the Government of Guatemala in the implementation of actions to help improve the situation of food and nutritional security of the country under the Zero Hunger Plan.