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Drought puts spotlight on Central American climate change woes | Reuters

A maize farmer near Alauca, Honduras, digs irrigation channels in advance of maize planting. (photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT)

A maize farmer near Alauca, Honduras, digs irrigation channels in advance of maize planting. (photo: Neil Palmer (CIAT)

Central America’s years of neglect of agriculture, poor water management and lack of planning to help farmers cope with climate change are worsening food shortages caused by a widespread drought, aid agencies say.

At least 2.5 million people in four countries – Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras – are struggling to feed themselves because a severe drought has shrunk harvests and raised food prices, weakening the fragile food supply, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says.

The worst affected area is the “dry corridor” running across the region, which is also its bread basket.

A study by CIAT and partners — Tortillas on the Roaster (TOR) — examines the expected effects of climate change on two key food crops in Central America – maize and beans.

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