In Guatemala – the country with the highest rates of malnutrition in the Americas – roughly half of the nation's children are "stunted" and experience slow growth, poor school performance and, later in life, lower economic productivity. In the heavily Mayan western highlands of Guatemala, where poverty rates top 80 percent, the ratio of stunted children is closer to 7 in 10.
But Guatemala also is one of the countries that is trying hard to turn that reality around. In fact, the nation sits atop the Hunger and Nutrition Commitment Index, a ranking compiled by the Institute of Development Studies in Britain that measures the political and social commitment to reduce hunger and under-nutrition in developing countries.
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