The Socio-Economic Impact of Malnutrition
Sadly, Guatemala’s progress in reducing chronic malnutrition over the past decades has fallen far behind other Central American countries, including Honduras and Nicaragua, which both have a lower GDP per capita. According to a World Bank report from 2018, countries lose up to 10 percent of their Gross Domestic Product because they failed to eradicate stunting when current workers were children. In Guatemala, the situation is becoming even more critical. The numbers show that as climate change-induced drought negatively affects farming in communities who feed their families through rain-fed agriculture, the rate of chronic malnutrition increases. If the cycle of chronic child malnutrition can be addressed, many children can have a brighter future in the world.