An intense and long-lasting drought has plagued Central America for five consecutive years. Without water, it has been increasingly difficult to grow crops, which makes it more difficult for the people of Central America to be fed. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) says 2.81 million people may be having a hard time finding enough food for themselves.
According to Scientific American, one 22-year-old farmer, Olman Funez, said, “The drought has killed us. We lost all our corn and beans.” Funez lives in the southern Honduras town of Orocuina and earns $4.74 a day.
After 256,000 families lost their crop, the Guatemalan government declared a state of emergency.
Jesus Samayoa works as a farmer in Jutiapa, just outside of Guatemala City. He said, “I am 60 years old and this is the first time I have seen a crisis like this.”
This climate change induced draught could be driving millions of Central Americans to the U.S.
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