Geneva - 1.4 million people in Central America urgently need food aid, according to the United Nations. The reason is crop failures due to unpredictable weather events in the past five years. Migration movements could be the result.
"For the fifth year in row, unpredictable weather events - persistent drought and excessive rainfall - decimated the corn and bean harvest in the Central America's dry corridor," announced the UN World Food Program (WFP) today Geneva with. Many farmers therefore have difficulties in feeding their families. A total of two million people in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua are affected by the crop failures.
The families in the dry corridor of Central America are very dependent on their own harvests. “When they lose their harvest, the farmers try to find work in local plantations. They then often have no income to buy groceries, ”it said. Migration is not solution in this case. "Those who are left behind continue to suffer from the reasons for the migration," said Herve Verhoosel, spokesman for the WFP.
In the future, the World Food Program wants to support significantly more people in Central America and help around 700,000 people with food. So far this year the WFP has supported 160,000 people. “Our help focuses on the urgently needed products. We also want to help people adapt to climate change, ”said Verhoosel.