Malnutrition And Food Aid Programs: A Case Study From Guatemala Page: 82
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contention (Rodeheaver and Rodeheaver 1980). In conclusion, Riot to
consider all of these aspects of Guatemala's sociocultural, economic
and political nature, as well as its history, would be to ignore the
important variables or factors involved in the socioeconomic and
nutritional outcome for its people.
The following section presents some ethnographical background
on the sites used in this study in order to provide a better under-
standing of the context of the survey data and of important factors
present in this context that determine nutritional status. This sec-
tion will include brief descriptions of both San Lucas Toliman and
San Martin Jilotepeque, the two towns chosen for this study.
San Lucas Toliman
San Lucas Toliman, located in the Guatemalan administrative
department of Solola, is situated on the southwest corner of Lake
Atitlan, the south end of which is bordered by four volcanoes:
Atitlan, Toliman, San Pedro and Santa Clara. The lake itself is
located at an elevation of approximately 1,550 meters above sea level,
with an approximate depth of more than 376.3 meters (1,129 Feet).
The volcanoes are part of a chain which runs in a northwesterly to
southeasterly direction, parallel to the Pacific coast.
San Lucas Toliman is just one town in a network of villages which
ring the lake's edge. Prehistorically, the lake provided both a
source of commerce and food production through fishing. However, due
to a combination of overfishing, a delicately balanced ecology and
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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/m1/95/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Public Affairs and Community Service.