20 November 2018

In the Washington Post article, How Climate Change is Affecting Rural Honduras and Pushing People NorthStephanie Leutert, Strauss Director of the Mexico Security Initiative, looks at the threat climate change poses to Honduran farmers. She explains that Honduras is one of the countries most vulnerable to climate change. The economy is weather dependent--with one out of every four Hondurans working in agriculture--and the country has already seen a rise in temperatures, various droughts, and more frequent torrential downpours. Most affected has been the coffee sector, where a coffee disease spread to higher altitudes by a warming climate has forced farmers to invest in medicine to keep their crops healthy. When combined with low global prices, the coffee has often become too expensive to sell on the global market. Climate change's effects are just beginning, and as conditions worsen, migrants will increasingly look to move within Honduras and also to the United States.

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