Malnutrition And Food Aid Programs: A Case Study From Guatemala

the emphasis placed on increased coffee production by then Guatemalan
President, Rufino Barrios. Farrell (1977: 43) notes that one result of
this national interest in the town of San Lucas Toliman was a "large
migration of Cakchiquel speakers from take advantage of
employment generated by the introduction of coffee." San Lucas was
already located on the geopolitical boundary between the Cakchiquel and
the Tzutuhil, but since then, because of the impact of coffee and the
resulting migration, San Lucas Toliman has become predominantly
The central town, San Lucas Toliman, administrative center of
the municipio (roughly equivalent to a U.S. county) by the same name,
is found at an elevation of approximately 1,591 meters (5,170 feet)
above sea level. The highest point in the municipio reaches an altitude
of 2,231+ meters (7,251 feet), while the lowest point is about 1,500
meters (4,875 feet). San Lucas is located at the latitude of 140 36'
60" north and at the longitude of 910 08' 31" west of the Greenwich
Because of the altitude and the geographical situation, San Lucas
Toliman, as well as most of the other villages which ring Lake
Atitlan, enjoys a moderate climate and temperature. It is usually
cool at night and warm in the daytime, with low temperatures rarely
falling below 100C (approximately 50OF) and highs rarely above 270C
(800F), characteristic of all the lake area. In 1977, recorded meteo-
rological data placed the lowest temperature at 11.4oC and the highest
at 24.70, creating very comfortable living conditions for both the
residents and tourists,

Rodeheaver, Daniel Gilbert, 1954-; Bates, Frederick L. & Murphy, Arthur D. Malnutrition And Food Aid Programs: A Case Study From Guatemala. UNT Digital Library. Accessed August 21, 2014.