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Coffee Blight in El Salvador Leads to Dramatic Drop in Exports

Categories: Latin America, El Salvador, Economics & Business, Food

Coffee export revenues fell 40% in October and November of 2013 in El Salvador. Tim's El Salvador Blog [1] reports on the blight [2] affecting coffee farms throughout the country:

Last week El Salvador's National Assembly finally established a fund for combating the coffee blight known as “la roya” and the ministry of agriculture declared an agricultural emergency [3].   

Annually coffee accounts for tens of thousands of jobs in El Salvador.    With job losses in the coffee growing areas, rural poverty will increase and there will be migration into the cities or out of the country.