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FAO provides support to beat El Nino

elsalvadorfarmerThe Food and Agriculture Organization is mobilizing resources to provide direct assistance to production and to support food and nutrition monitoring systems in regions where the El Nino phenomenon severely reduced this year’s cereal outputs.

El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua have large number of farmers in need of agricultural assistance as the subregion tries to recover amidst the prolonged dry weather.

This has been the second consecutive year that the region’s main season cereal harvest has been negatively affected by El Nino.

The agriculture ministers of the subregion that head the Central American Agricultural Council declared a state of the alert after farmers have suffered the partial or total loss of crops planted for the main grain season from May to September.

The governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua have been distributing agricultural aid packages, including seeds, fertilizers, and irrigation pumps, to help farmers recover as much as possible in the second planting season.

Moreover, three out of four countries have begun distributing direct food aid to help families cope with severe food shortages. Continuing to support the government of El Salvador in its long-term strategy to adapt local agriculture to the effects of climate change.

To know more about the effects of El Nino in Central America, read the full article here.

Photo Credit to: FAO

Tags: FAO, El Nino, Central America