SEEDS OF HOPE
For years we in the developed North have thought of mass malnutrition as a problem mostly associated with Africa and South Asia and certainly those regions have suffered through disastrous famines. But less well understood is the chronic malnutrition of the Pacific Basin where in areas like the Southern Philippines, Sumatra and Papua New Guinea political conditions and rapidly changing patterns of international trade and multinational agribusiness have created large populations of internal refugees forced from the lowlands up into less fertile tropical highlands. For the Kokokahi Tropical Hunger Mission Dan Lamont documented the lives of some of these people and the ways they are attempting to create communities using sustainable appropriate technology agricultural methods. This small selection of images were part of a larger body of work used along with text he wrote and packaged into a print fundraising campaign he designed to raise money for that effort.
Photographs by Dan Lamont