In the Dry Corridor, a region that spans the length of Central America, from southern Mexico all the way down to Panama, corn means life to the farmers. But as with the other staple in this region, it depends heavily on rain, and in the past few years it just hasn’t rained enough.
Due to the El Niño weather phenomenon, dry spells that would normally not exceed 20 days are now lasting up to 50.
Climate change, with more frequent and intense extreme weather events as well as slower-onset effects such as land degradation and pest infestations, is making life even harder for rural communities in the Dry Corridor that were already barely subsisting. Unable to put enough food on the table for their families, many are now driven away from their lands.