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Simulating drought in Guatemala to prepare for climate change

Maize farmer in Central America. Credit: CIMMYT/E. Phipps
Maize farmer in Central America. Credit: CIMMYT/E. Phipps

Bioversity International is running a series of drought simulation exercises with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in Guatemala to see how the country can cope with the effects of climate change.

Guatemala's climate is strongly influenced by the El Niño Southern Oscillation – a kind of pendulum movement in the global climate, which swings back and forward every 2-7 years. When it comes it brings either heavy rains or drought, and climate change is increasing the extremity of its effects. In the case of Guatemala, the slow onset of drought is the main concern.

Bioversity International is working with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security on climate modelling and drought simulation exercises to prepare the country better for future climatic risks.

Read the blog post in English or Spanish 
by Bioversity scientists Jacob van Etten and Vesalio Mora