Santa Fe Council on International Relations: The Dry Corridor:
The Dry Corridor: Climate Change and Hunger in Central America
The people of Central America’s Dry Corridor—comprised of El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua—are fighting for their survival against the shocks of climate change and the pandemic’s fallout. Extreme weather events—including hurricanes, torrential rain, flooding, as well as months-long droughts—have devastated communities and disrupted food production, especially staples like maize and beans which depend on regular rainfall. According to the United Nations World Food Programme, the number of hungry Central Americans has quadrupled over the last two years to 8 million people—with 1.7 million requiring urgent food assistance for their survival. Join our expert panel as we explore the impact of climate change in Central America, the state of food insecurity there, and how the U.N. World Food Programme and others are supporting communities and building resilience to climate shocks.
- Chase Sova, World Food Program USA, Senior Director of Public Policy and Thought Leadership
- Kate Milliken, United Nations World Food Programme, Regional Climate Change Adviser, Latin America and the Caribbean
- Ambassador Carlos Fuller, United Nations, Permanent Representative of Belize to the UN