Honduras is the largest coffee producer in Central America and the third largest in Latin America. Honduras ranks sixth globally in coffee exports by volume. Honduran coffee production in marketing year (MY) 2017/18 (Oct –Sept) is forecast at 6.5 million 60-kilogram bags, a four percent increase over MY 2016/2017. In early 2017, Lempira variety coffee, previously resistant to coffee leaf rust, was found to have rust. In April 2017, the Honduran Coffee Institute (IHCAFE) confirmed the loss of resistance of the Lempira variety against the coffee leaf rust.