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Climate change could reduce region's main food crops

Tuesday, October 9, 2012


Climate change is expected to reduce maize and bean harvests across Central America, leading to economic losses of more than $120 million a year by the 2020s and threatening the incomes of around 1 million small farmers, says a new scientific study.

Researchers from the International Center for Tropical Agriculture and the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center examined how the region's two most important food crops would be affected by higher temperatures and shifting rainfall patterns.

The most affected countries would be El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua.


Source: Alertnet