NBC News @NBCNews The leading source of global news and info for more than 75 years. Jul. 09, 2019 1 min read

Climate change is leaving the farmers of Central America with a choice: Wait for rain or migrate.

Global warming has heated the air and driven away seasonal rains, leaving parts of Central America in a drought, causing food shortages. (1/7)  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latin-america/central-america-drying-farmers-face-choice-pray-rain-or-leave-n1027346 

El Rosario, a remote village in Honduras, is on the edge of hunger. This is the fifth straight year they’ve watched their crops wither due to the drought, making them enter growing season with no reserves.

“This community lives because of water.” (2/7)

Western Honduras is predicted to become a climate “hot spot,” despite contributing relatively little to greenhouse gas emissions. This shift could challenge the Honduran agriculture industry, which employs almost one-third of the population. (3/7)  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latin-america/central-america-drying-farmers-face-choice-pray-rain-or-leave-n1027346 

While there are many reasons for increased migration from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, the rise coincides with the drought that began in 2014. Those countries have all declared an emergency due to food shortages. (4/7)

Families in Guatemala are already making the choice to migrate. Juan de León Gutiérrez, 16, watched the drought destroy his family’s crops and set out for the U.S. in hopes of getting a job and sending money home. Less than a month later, he was dead  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latin-america/central-america-drying-farmers-face-choice-pray-rain-or-leave-n1027346  (5/7)

Gutiérrez’s mother says she sees her son’s death as a result of the changing climate and the lack of food.

“He didn’t die of an illness — he died of need. Because there is nothing.”  https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latin-america/central-america-drying-farmers-face-choice-pray-rain-or-leave-n1027346  (6/7)

People of El Rosario are considering adoption of new cash crops like avocado, which can survive in heat with less water, but the shift is difficult without more financial help and technical advice: “We know we have to find options.”
 https://www.nbcnews.com/news/latin-america/central-america-drying-farmers-face-choice-pray-rain-or-leave-n1027346  (7/7) #NBCNewsThreads

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