Dry corridor - Situation report June 2016

Dry corridor - Situation report June 2016
Jun 2016

The Dry Corridor in Central America, in particular Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, is experiencing one of the worst droughts of the last ten years with over 3.5 million in need of humanitarian assistance. Smallscale producers and rural communities remain the most vul-nerable to drought, an important socio-economic phenomenon given its effects on the loss of livelihoods, decapitalization of household economies, impoverishment and migration to over-populated urban centres.

The significant reduction in agricultural production causes a risk of the depletion of food stocks, decreasing dietary diversity and energy intake of the affected population, while increasing cases of malnutrition in children under five. FAO constantly monitors the El Niño phenomenon that although has weakened its consequences are still dramatic regarding the food security and nutrition of vulnerable populations following the loss of two consecutive crop harvests.