Guatemala faces climate change and food insecurity
Jun 3, 2011
Guatemala is located in an area prone to earthquakes and hurricanes, according to a new report from the Guardian. The country is also facing increasing concerns when it comes to climate change and food insecurity.
"The climate has changed," said Marta Domingo, who works for a women's co-operative in Guadalupe village. "For the last two years we have lost 30 percent of our maize and been forced to buy from the market just when prices were so high. We are surrounded by big plantations of palm, sugar and banana, and they have deforested and diverted the rivers."
Domingo is the coordinator of Madre Tierra and has six children. She is very well aware of the difficulties surrounding lack of food. Domingo grows okra on a little piece of land, reports the news source.
Guatemala has a population of 13.8 million people with a median age of only 20 years, according to the CIA World Factbook. The capital of Guatemala City has a population of about 1 million, as of 2009.