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Silverio Mendez and and his wife Irma Mendez live in Barrio El Cedro, Chiquimula, Guatemala with their 5 daughters and 2 sons. He has lived here all of his life and his family has been on this land for approximately three generations. There have been extended droughts in the area, which is known as the dry corridor.
CRS works in this area with the Water Smart Agriculture program (ASA) to help farmers to improve the soil quality and its ability to hold moisture by applying Conservation Agriculture techniques. Silverio has been able to see that the soil humidity is much greater in the plot with cover crop, a technique that CRS has worked with Silverio to adopt.

Photo by Julian Spath/Catholic Relief Services