Mother Earth or Death
By Jesper Klemedsson – Guatemala has one of the world’s highest numbers of chronically malnourished children and is worst in Latin America and the Caribbean. Around 50 percent of children suffer from chronic malnutrition. Among the indigenous population, the majority, nearly eight out of ten children are chronically malnourished. Guatemala is far worse than most sub-Saharan African countries.
Guatemala is a lower middle-income country, but is one of the world’s most unequal. Three percent of private landowners occupying nearly 70 percent of the arable lands where coffee, sugar cane, palm oil and rubber trees are grown for export. Since 2000 the proportion of chronically malnourished children has increased simultaneously as the country’s economy has grown. Little suggests that the widespread malnutrition and unequal distribution of wealth in the next few years will be improved. Rather the opposite.