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ALDEA XECACHELAJ - SANTA MARIA CHIQUIMULA, GUATEMALA (APRIL 3, 2019) (REUTERS) LOCAL WOMAN WITH HER CHILD ON HER BACK AS SHE TENDS TO PLANTS PLANTS FARMER TENDING TO PLANTS LOCALS AT GREENHOUSE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOCAL FARMER, ISABEL CAAJ CASTRO, SAYING: "If there is going to be another cut in aid from the United States, then we will be without anything. We can see that with aid (that has arrived) since 2015, it has raised our spirits. Before, us women we didn't plant, or consider having a garden but now it has awakened us, as women and men, and we are working together." VARIOUS OF SPRINKLERS GOING OFF AT GREENHOUSE FARMER AND HIS CHILDREN AT GREENHOUSE PLANTS BEING WATERED SIGN FOR GREENHOUSE GARDEN WITH USAID LOGO AT BOTTOM OF BANNER LOCALS LEAVING GREENHOUSE SURROUNDING AREA TOTONICAPAN, GUATEMALA (APRIL 3, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF OFFICIAL FOR AID PROGRAMME DURING REUTERS INTERVIEW (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) OFFICIAL FOR AID PROGRAMME, WILLIAM CHUJ, SAYING: "The cut in budget from the United States for Guatemala is one that we regret, mainly because rural communities are those who will be affected. We were saying a moment ago, communities, with their ideas, participation and other elements they bring plus the support from other institutions or governments have strengthened us a lot with the development they have promoted. If we lose any of these then the development process will be much slower, more difficult to reach." ALDEA XECACHELAJ - SANTA MARIA CHIQUIMULA, GUATEMALA (APRIL 3, 2019) (REUTERS) SURROUNDING AREA LOCAL FARMER SHOWING OFF WATER CONTAINERS VARIOUS OF FARMER WALKING AMONGST CROPS WITH SON CHILE PEPPER CROP LOCAL FAMILY LOCAL WOMAN GIRL IN INDIGENOUS DRESS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOCAL FARMER, RIGOBERTO MARCOS, SAYING: "With what we are doing, we have hope that there will be a good future for our children. But if aid is cut, then this (hope) dies. The great dream of helping our children go forward, not just our family but also the municipality. What we do in the community is not just for me, we can sell to our neighbours." FARMER CHECKING CROP POTATOES THAT ARE FRESHLY PICKED MARCOS AT WORK WITH HIS SON (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) LOCAL FARMER, RIGOBERTO MARCOS, SAYING: "Of course this affects migration. There will be migration if agriculture is not prioritised. If there is no one to support us here with agriculture then there is no agriculture. Without agriculture then there will be a need to migrate." WATER CONTAINERS NEAR FARM SIGN ANNOUNCING IMPROVEMENT TO WATER INFRASTRUCTURE USAID LOGO ON SIGN EXTERIOR OF FARMHOUSE
Dateline: 2019

U.s. Aid Helped Guatemalan Farmers Stay Rooted To Their Lands

Item ID: 112037242

By: Reuters

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