Malnutrition And Food Aid Programs: A Case Study From Guatemala Page: 68
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AN ETHNOGRAPHIC OVERVIEW
The purpose of this chapter is to present briefly the socio-
cultural, economic, political and environmental context in which this
investigation was conducted. This ethnographical background should
aid in understanding the results of the analyses of the data collected
on food programs. The first section is concerned more specifically
with Guatemala, including the physical environment as well as a brief
description of its historical, political, economic and sociocultural
nature. The second section examines in more detail the two regions
which are the foci of this study: San Lucas Toliman and San Martin
Jilotepeque. Ethnographic data from each of these regions are pre-
sented so as to provide some comparisons. Finally, the third part of
this chapter contains a description of food programs found in these two
regions at the time of the implementation of the present research. This
discussion hopefully will give some insight as to similarities or
dissimilarities exhibited by the different programs being studied.
In area, Guatemala covers approximately 42,000 square miles and
is roughly the size of the state of Ohio. The topography of Guatemala
includes two major mountain ranges, the Sierra de los Cuchumatanes and
the Sierra Madre, which run east-west. Aside from these mountain
ranges, there are also at least 36 volcanoes, many of which are "alive,"
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Rodeheaver, Daniel Gilbert, 1954-; Bates, Frederick L. & Murphy, Arthur D. Malnutrition And Food Aid Programs: A Case Study From Guatemala, report, May 1982; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc84342/m1/81/: accessed March 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service.