At the crossroads of Latin America and the Caribbean, Belize is considered a development success story. Home to a diverse, heterogeneous, multilingual citizenry, its small population of 360,000 is mainly employed in agriculture. Belize has met UNDP goals of reducing child mortality rates and is making strides in maternal health and literacy. Despite these successes, one third of the population still lives in poverty. The marginalization of the indigenous Maya and lack of recognition they receive from governing authorities is a growing issue as are emerging regional divides between the more developed north and less developed south of the country. Cash crops like sugar lead to greater economic prosperity but leave villagers vulnerable to fluctuations in the market and with less land to sustainably grow their own food for subsistence. Given the largely stable nature of the Belizean government, development actors hope to use the country’s model to enhance regional security and stability.