In Guatemala, drought and flooding over the past two years have left a quarter of the population with little to no reserves of corn, leading to the possibility of a devastating food crisis.

In response the government has declared a “nutritional risk alert,” but is US$37 million short of what’s needed to put programs into action.

And while nearly 100 thousand families are in need of food assistance, groups like the United Nations World Food Program say their funding is running out.

To make matters worse, corn prices have risen by 35 per cent over the past few months, hitting Guatemala’s burgeoning middle class particularly hard.

Al Jazeera’s David Mercer traveled to the country’s western highlands, and came back with this report.

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