El Salvador: Coffee Annual
El Salvador’s coffee production is expected to reach 639,000 sixty-kg bags in marketing year (MY) 2021/22. The Salvadoran coffee sector continues to struggle mainly due to low international prices, climate change, continued coffee leaf rust, and a lack of a long-term strategy that has hindered investment at the farm level. The MY2022/23 crop is forecast to slightly decrease to 619,000 sixty-kg bags. The COVID-19 pandemic is also affecting the sector due to a reduction in farm worker availability to carry out post-harvest coffee berry picking and processing. In addition, the Ukraine crisis has negatively impacted fertilizer cost and availability, thus increasing coffee production costs. The Government of El Salvador (GOES) has announced a coffee sector rescue program that is expected to renovate approximately 35,000 hectares, as well as re-structure debt and create a coffee research institute.