In 2010, Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and VII Photo launched "Starved for Attention," an international multimedia campaign to rewrite the story of childhood malnutrition. Petition signatures were collected from people around the world who joined us in demanding that donor nations stop supplying nutritionally substandard food to malnourished children.
Antonin Kratochvil's bold landscape images lay bare the (mis)use of land and resources in the American midwest. The US Government Accountability Office has found that the current system of sending domestically produced blended flour overseas costs as much as 34 percent more than buying food products locally. Kratochvil maps the food-aid pipeline from the corn fields of Iowa to the ports of Africa, exposing the inefficiency of the current system and its failure to deliver nutritious foods to young children.
Jessica Dimmock's intimate portraits of families benefitting from the US government-funded Women, Infants and Children nutrition program (WIC) reveal the other half of the US food aid story. WIC supports a quarter of all American children from birth to age four and has been shown to have dramatically reduced anemia and the rate of low birth weight. The access to nutritious, enriching foods that WIC provides to young American children is a stark contrast to the nutritionally devoid blend of fortified flour dumped on starving children outside the country.
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and VII Photo present Starved for Attention, a multimedia campaign to uncover the hidden crisis of childhood malnutrition. Watch 7 of the 195 million stories of malnutrition from prolific and award-winning photojournalists.
Go to starvedforattention.org
Part 1 photos: USA 2009 © Jessica Dimmock/VII
Part 2 photos: USA 2009 © Antonin Kratochvil/VII