Hundreds of thousands of landless Guatemalan laborers clustered in drought-prone hamlets could face a hunger crisis if corn prices rise further, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says. The cost of the nation’s main food staple has soared along with world prices near 10-year highs on soaring demand for ethanol, a crop plague in Guatemala’s top corn-growing area, and dwindling supplies ahead of the next harvest. (Reuters)

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