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As rains wash away crops, bean crisis looms for region

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Central American countries have lost a major part of their bean crops, washed away by the worst floods in half a century.

Beans are the main staple of the poor but supplies are rapidly decreasing and prices are surging.

Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua, all with high poverty indices, have lost thousands of hectares of beans for the winter crop.

In Guatemala, the damage caused by the floods as a result of La Niña have been made worse by ash from the Pacaya volcano that eruped in May.

Original source (in Spanish): AFP