30 Jul '18, 5pm

A Guatemalan Coffee Crisis Is Leading To Greater Rates Of Migration

Coffee production in Guatemala is facing a new crisis. No, it’s not roya, climate change, or low coffee prices. It’s all of them, and they are causing greater numbers of workers and some landowners to abandon the coffee farms and migrate north to the United States. “You have two options in this part of Guatemala: grow coffee or migrate,” says Cipriano Juventino Niz Chilel, the president of the Entre Rios coffee cooperative in San Pablo. According to a recent article in Time , Guatemala has undergone three decades of migration. Civil war in the ‘80s, “economic crisis, grinding poverty, and natural disasters” in the ‘90s and ‘00s, and gang and domestic violence in current years have all led of hundreds of thousands (of a population of 16.5 million) with no option but to relocate north. And now troubles with the coffee industry are causing even more to leave. The roya outbrea...

Full article: https://sprudge.com/a-guatemalan-coffee-crisis-is-leading...

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