Throughout Guatemala’s fertile land lies a hidden struggle with chronic malnutrition and stunting, the highest in all of Latin America, and number six in the world. The children eat, however their diet is mostly beans and tortillas. For children under 5, stunted physical and mental developments are the results of a nutritional deficit, which may not be a good indicator for Guatemala’s economic future. The government's anti-hunger efforts focus on food supplements to infants, and cup-o-noodles packages to schoolchildren, only causing the symptoms to linger.
Guatemala, which has a population of 14 million, is one of the world’s top exporters of sugar, coffee, bananas and corn. However the worst hit by chronic hunger are the very farmers who sow and harvest the land. In several regions of the country, farmers are battling stronger waves of climate change, from intense storms to longer periods of droughts. Coupled with the rise in food prices, there is very little left to afford, or consume. In 2010, more than 6,500 people died from hunger-related issues, 2,175 of whom were under five years, according to the Guatemala Human Rights Office.
Lianne Milton pursues stories with the goal of focusing on the effects of politics on people and their environments, in places such as, SE Asia, Latin American, as well as the U.S.
She began her freelance career in January of 2009, when she was laid off from a newspaper job she held for three years -- the result of challenging economic times. However, the layoff was a blessing in disguise, enabling her to pursue stories and personal projects that she deeply care about.
Since then, Lianne has been shooting for publications such as the Guardian of London, CNN.com, Monocle, National Public Radio, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Mother Jones Magazine, The Bay Citizen, AARP, and US News & World Report. Her work has also been published in Afisha (Russian travel magazine), Inc Magazine, Open Society Foundations, The Sunday Times, The Magazine Group, Town & Country, Washington Post, Foto8 and many others. She is a member of Wonderful Machine and a Getty Images Artist. In 2004, she received her BA in Photojournalism from San Francisco State.
Lianne currently lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and when she's not chasing stories, she's out chasing swells.
Previously Lianne lived in the outer lands of San Francisco, home to chilly waters, amazing light, her boyfriend, their dog Reese, and the best pizza and soup dumplings on the west coast.
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