Dragon fruit and sesame seeds: The Honduran Dry Corridor, a laboratory of resistance to the ravages of the climate

December 10, 2023 | EL PAÍS | 

Francisco Rodríguez, a Honduran farmer, returns from working in the U.S., facing erratic climate patterns in Yoro, a region severely impacted by climate change. Alternating droughts and excessive rainfall disrupt traditional farming, prompting farmers to innovate. Students at the Texiguat Agricultural Institute experiment with resilient crops like pitaya and sesame seeds. Climate change-induced droughts force tough choices, leading some to migrate, while others, like Orlando Hernández, switch to coffee for better income. Droughts contribute to migration as they lead to poor harvests, food insecurity, and higher poverty rates. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification warns that drought may force over 200 million people to migrate by 2050.

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