Food scarcity in Central America

Beset by constantly rising prices of basic grains in international markets and accelerating inflation due to daily oil price increases, Central America has turned the spotlight onto a food alert which in the short run threatens to cause severe shortages of agricultural products.

Friday, May 2, 2008

With inflation in the region running at an average of six per cent in 2007, Central America is short of wheat, corn, rice, beans, vegetables, fruits, and livestock in the local diet, and must increase grain production.
But the options are limited by budget shortages. Six billion dollars per year is being drained from the coffers to meet petroleum demand. The region's trade deficit in 2007 came to more than 24 billion dollars.

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Venezuela Announces Massive Food Imports

October 2013

In order to address the problems of scarcity and shortages, the government announced massive food imports, without having yet specified of which products.

Under the framework of the II South American Congress of Oil and Gas, held in Margarita Island (northeast), the vice president of economy, Rafael Ramirez, said that "in order to solve two problems that are affecting us a lot, which is the matter of shortages and which causes significant inflationary pressure, we are preparing an offensive, massive food imports. "

Venezuela Truns to Nicaragua Over Food Shortages

May 2013

The South American country has sent its own ships to carry food in short supply in this nation such as sugar, coffee, black beans, oil, meat and live cattle.

Last weekend, 1,500 tons of sugar were loaded up in the Port of Corinto, the first shipment of three which will transport 45,000 tonnes of products between May and June.

Chickens and Eggs Will Be Scarce in Mexico

March 2013

Because of the bird flu outbreaks detected, two million 2,025,500 broilers were killed in Jalisco, while in Guanajuato 1.2 million chickens were sacrificed.

From a press release issued by the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food (SAGARPA) of Mexico:

Honduras Faces Bean Shortage

April 2009

The flooding of 68,754 acres caused the loss of 1.4 million quintals of red beans valued at $43 million.

According to the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock of Honduras, Hector Hernández, these losses may cause a shortage of food in the country in the coming months.

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