Poor harvests caused by drought in parts of Central America could leave more than two million people hungry, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Friday.
Below-average rainfall has led to major crop losses in Central America’s “Dry Corridor” — which runs through Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua.
The region was hit hard by consecutive years of drought from 2014 to mid-2016, which left millions in need of food aid.
“Climate-related disasters are clearly becoming more frequent and causing more damage,” said Miguel Barreto, WFP’s regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean.
This year governments of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have reported losses of 281,000 hectares of bean and maize crops.
“In the poor areas, that is the dry corridor, people have already used their (food) stock,” said Oscar Rojas, natural resources officer with the FAO.
“There will be people in the dry corridor that will have problems in terms of food security.”
The devastating impact of shifting rainfall patterns will only intensify as we descend into this next Grand Solar Minimum.
India is receiving its worst monsoon (in terms of rainfall volume) in 64 years.
While Australia has become “the land of drought.”
Along with Southern Pakistan.
History is repeating.