Bad Omen for Food in Guatemala

October 15, 2010

""We are entering a more alarming stage,' Roberto Cabrera, with Action Against Hunger, told IPS. 'We have had three years of virtually continuous shocks since the 2008 global economic crisis, the drought caused by El Niño last year, and the excessive rains this year.' The expert said small farmers have not had 'a single successful harvest season” due to the erratic climate conditions, which 'this country is not prepared for.'

Guatemala needs 'an integral government policy that creates alternatives which would free farmers from having to grow corn and beans, their main sources of livelihood,' he said."