El Niño in Latin America and Caribbean

In Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, 3.5 million people are experiencing droughts which are predicted to become more intense at the end of 2015 and into 2016. El Niño is predicted to have a potentially devastating effect on the agricultural sector, particularly in Peru. Below normal rainfall has brought drought conditions in areas of Venezuela and the north of Colombia where 20 departments have already reported agricultural losses.
In the Caribbean, Haiti has been experiencing extreme drought conditions – the latest Government reports indicate that up to 560,000 people are in urgent need of food assistance in 37 “communes” because low agricultural yields have led to reduced food availability and sharp food price rises.