Rising food prices contribute to food insecurity, which is a clear and serious threat to human security. Interest in food security as a catalyst for political instability and conflict has grown rapidly since 2007–2008, when food protests and riots broke out in 48 countries as a result of record world prices.

Dotted with active volcanoes, Central America is seeking to tap its unique geography to produce green energy and cut dependence on oil imports as demand for electricity outstrips supply.

Sitting above shifting tectonic plates in the Pacific basin known to cause earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, the region has huge potential for geothermal power generated by heat stored deep in the earth.


Heavy rain caused by tropical storm Agatha has killed almost 100 people in Central America, where tens of thousands of people had to be evacuated over the weekend because of flooding.

In the face of increasing disaster events and the ongoing and future impacts of global climate change, a growing body of work is emerging around community-based responses to preventing disasters and adapting to a changing climate (known as

Argentina, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, Uruguay and Venezuela are closer to ensuring their citizens have the chance to break the cycle of poverty than many of their neighbours in Latin America and the Caribbean, according to the World Bank

The uneven economic development undergone by Latin America throughout the last decades has had an impact on its political and social dynamics. Governments in the region have been looking for strategies to cope with the unstable economy and sharp inflation rates, trying to protect their most vulnerable population from the worst economic shocks. As a

Although free from civil war and out of the international spotlight at present, El Salvador is facing a problem that threatens more permanent damage than the war - ecological devastation. The once

severe water shortage, depleting forest cover and growing air pollution are threatening to cause more damage to EL Salvador than the insurgency in the 1980s. Air pollution is taking a toll of the

At least 274 people were killed and 2,937 injured when an earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale shook El Salvador on February 13, 2001. The epicentre of the earthquake was 20 kilometres

An earthquake rocks El Salvador causing widespread destruction. Deforestation aggravates the situation