Lianne Milton

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Guatemala's Green Hunger
Location: Madison, Wi
Nationality: American
Biography: Lianne Milton is an independent photojournalist, social documentary photographer, and visual artist. Her practice-led research explores the complexities of the human condition, in particular, the maternal. It is concerned with interconnecting... MORE
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Guatemala's Green Hunger
Copyright Lianne Milton 2023
Updated Dec 2011
Topics Children, chronic malnutrition, climate change, Documentary, economy, Environment, green hunger, Hunger, Photography, Photojournalism, stunted growth

Throughout Guatemala’s fertile land lies a hidden struggle with chronic malnutrition and stunting, the highest in all of Latin America, and number six in the world. The children eat, however their diet is mostly beans and tortillas. For children under 5, stunted physical and mental developments are the results of a nutritional deficit, which may not be a good indicator for Guatemala’s economic future. The government's anti-hunger efforts focus on food supplements to infants, and cup-o-noodles packages to schoolchildren, only causing the symptoms to linger.

 Guatemala, which has a population of 14 million, is one of the world’s top exporters of sugar, coffee, bananas and corn. However the worst hit by chronic hunger are the very farmers who sow and harvest the land. In several regions of the country, farmers are battling stronger waves of climate change, from intense storms to longer periods of droughts. Coupled with the rise in food prices, there is very little left to afford, or consume. In 2010, more than 6,500 people died from hunger-related issues, 2,175 of whom were under five years, according to the Guatemala Human Rights Office.

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