Brazil Donates $200,000 To Alleviate Hunger In Guatemala

By Dialogo
May 13, 2010

The Brazilian government has donated 200,000 dollars to Guatemala to purchase food with the aim of alleviating the hunger that worsened last year due to the destruction of crops, especially beans and corn, by the drought, causing around four hundred deaths. The Brazilian ambassador, Luiz Fachini, formally delivered the donation to the Guatemalan foreign minister, Haroldo Rodas, although the funds will be transferred and administered by the World Food Program (WFP), the international organization indicated in a statement. The money will be used for “the acquisition of food, with the aim of providing nutritional and food security to those affected” in the eight departments that make up the so-called “dry corridor,” in eastern Guatemala, as well as in the departments of Izabal (in the northeast) and Quiché (in the north), the statement specifies. The press release explains that the donation, Brazil’s second, following one of 100,000 dollars made in October, is in response to the international request for aid made by Guatemalan president Álvaro Colom’s administration in 2009 to address the nutritional and food emergency.