Nearly 1 million people face food emergency in drought
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.
Linked to the El Nino weather phenomenon, this year drought has hit subsistence farmers living in Central America "dry corridor" that runs through parts of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, hard.
"In Guatemala, 170,000 families, approximately lisseur babyliss pas cher
900,000 people, have no food reserves left. This is the third consecutive year they have been hit by drought," Diego ghd hair outlet
Recalde, head of FAO in Guatemala, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
"This is a slow emergency that not visible but we can already notice chronic child malnutrition is increasing," he said in a telephone interview from the capital Guatemala City.
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areas are now eating only one golden goose saldi
or two meals a day, Recalde said. World Food Programme (WFP) warned the extended dry spell, which is expected to last until March 2016, will lead to a drastically reduced harvest as drought destroys bean and yeezy boost 750
maize crops, the country staple foods.
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50 to 100 percent of their next maize harvest due later this month," Mario Touchette, WFP Guatemala country ghd factory outlet
director, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation by telephone.
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One of the poorest countries in Central America, Guatemala already struggles woolrich outlet
to feed its population.
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of Guatemala 15 million people live in poverty and the tiffany outlet
country has the world fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition, affecting mostly children under five, WFP says.
Besides facing problems caused by drought, tens of thousands of michael kors sale
families in Guatemala cannot afford to buy food because coffee producers are hiring fewer seasonal workers due an ray ban sunglasses outlet
epidemic of roya, a fungus that eats away at the leaves of coffee plants, across Central America.
"Small and subsistence farmers rely on getting michael kors clearance
other work to supplement their woolrich bologna spaccio
incomes," said Ada parajumpers pas cher homme
Gaytan, disaster preparation coordinator at charity Action Against Hunger in Guatemala. food handouts.
The Guatemalan government has said it will begin distributing 4,000 metric tonnes of mostly cheap michael kors outlet
maize, fortified flour and tiffany milano outlet
beans, to 121,000 drought hit families from Aug. 17, using donations from Brazil.
Drought, a recurring problem in Central America dry corridor, is exacerbated by extreme and hogan outlet 2015
erratic weather brought by climate change, aid agencies say.
A key challenge is to improve farmers access to water by finding better ways of using and harvesting rainwater and more efficient irrigation systems for small farmers.
"Over the years, a lack of investment in water infrastructure and irrigation systems, along with land tenure issues 44 percent of farmers rent their lands exacerbates the problems caused by droughts," said WFP Touchette.
(Reporting By Anastasia Moloney, Editing by Katie Nguyen; Please credit the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women rights, trafficking, corruption and climate change.