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LatinNews Regional Monitor: Caribbean & Central America - 08 January 2018

In brief: Guatemala

Guatemala: Guatemala’s national information on food and nutrition security system (Sinsan), a government body, has released new figures which show that in 2017, 111 children under the age of five died in Guatemala as a result of chronic malnutrition – down 31% on the 161 who died in 2016. Addressing chronic malnutrition, which affects 46.5% of the children in Guatemala according to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), was one of the main pledges of President Jimmy Morales and his right-wing Frente de Convergencia Nacional (FCN-Nación) government which took office in January 2016. President Morales promised to reduce the rate of chronic malnutrition in children under the age of two by 10% over his four-year term.