Honduras drought puts thousands ‘at risk’ of hunger

More than half a million people in Honduras have been affected by a severe drought, the Red Cross has said.

It added that children and poor households were particularly vulnerable, « a concerning fact given the levels of chronic malnutrition in Honduras are 22.6% [of roughly 8.5 million people], and considering that 42.5% of Hondurans live in extreme poverty ».

Honduras is already reeling after a deadly fungus devastated output of coffee, the main cash crop.

The drought has also affected tens of thousands of farmers in neighbouring Guatemala and El Salvador.