The USAID Policy Regulatory Support Project is addressing important issues in poverty reduction in Guatemala. Under a subcontract to Weidemann Associates, Chemonics is providing design, leadership, and implementation support to the project.
To improve economic growth, the project addresses four main issues: rural development, food security, trade capacity building and sector development, and the environment. In improving the enabling environment for agricultural and non-agricultural rural development, the project targets serious systemic constraints in high-poverty areas. Such constraints include unrealized potential for small-scale irrigation, inadequate rural infrastructure, water and food sanitation, and monitoring of food security.
Additionally, the project will build capacity in commercial legal, institutional, and regulatory reform; customs issues; and trade facilitation. Through developing trade and policies related to trade, the people of Guatemala can more easily access outside markets, which will assist in alleviating rural poverty. The project is designed to have the capacity and flexibility to address systemic national constraints and priorities, while supporting the Feed the Future Initiative led by Guatemala.
Chemonics is addressing environmental concerns in Guatemala, complementing the country’s efforts in food security, rural development, and trade. The project will institutionally strengthen actors in developing and implementing environmental policies through capacity building and support. It will spearhead clean production initiatives to develop the private sector to improve economic growth and trade.
- Guatemalan government’s ability to plan for and implement effective food security programs will be strengthened.
- Enabling environment for agricultural and non-agricultural rural development will be improved.
- Efficiency and transparency of trade institutions and business climate will be improved.
- Ability to meet Central America-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement environmental requirements and global climate change challenges will be strengthened.