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UN: Central America drought has led to plants crop losses threatening 2 million people food security

27.08.2018 11:28 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) Recent drought has led to the loss of some 280,000 ha of beans and maize within Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, potentially affecting the food and nutrition situation of over 2 million people, UN Radio says referring to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Programme (WFP) report. As to the report, the FAO and WFP are concerned about the fact that this year Jun-Jul saw «lower-than-average rainfall» and «drier-than-average conditions», which affected the first and principal plants crop cycle in Central America, known as the primera. «Just when rural communities were recovering from the 2014 drought and the El Niño phenomenon of 2015 — the strongest recorded in recent history — a new drought is affecting the most vulnerable again,» Miguel Barreto, WFP Regional Director for America and the Caribbean, admits. In meanwhile, as to the governments of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, the maize and beans (main regional foods) have been the plants most-affected by the drought. It is to be admitted, these countries have reported losses of 281,000 ha of these plants, on which the food and nutrition security of much of their populations depend.

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