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|Unfavourable prospects for current crops||Food supply shortfall in current marketing year requiring exceptional assistance||Unfavourable crop prospects and food supply shortfall|
LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN: In Central America and the Caribbean, food assistance continues to be provided to families in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua who have suffered from natural disasters and economic shocks in recent years. In South America, the maize crop in Ecuador was poor for the third consecutive year, mostly as a result of adverse weather. In Venezuela, poor harvests are anticipated in 2003: financial constraints on farmers have resulted in limited or non-existent agricultural inputs.