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  1. U.S. Helps Coffee Fungus Fight in Central America

    The U.S. government is stepping in to help Central American farmers battle a devastating fungus known as “coffee rust.” The fungus, which particularly affects the premium Arabica bean, has already caused some $1 billion in damage to coffee plants. Production could drop as much as 40 percent in coming years, sending prices sky high, and putting as many as 500,000 people out of work. The U.S. believes that such instability could cause increased drug trafficking and associated violence in coffee-growing nations. USAID is launching a $5 million partnership with Texas A&M University to seek a cure.

    Sources: Al Jazeera, Washington Post

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