Honduras is the largest coffee producer in Central America and the third largest in Latin America. Honduras ranks fifth globally in coffee production. Honduran coffee production in marketing year (MY) 2018/19 (Oct 2018 to Sept 2019) is forecast at 7.3 million 60-kilogram bags, a two percent decrease over the record year harvest of MY2016/17. In April 2018, studies identified four new strains of coffee leaf rust in Honduras. Coffee producers will continue to struggle against the spread of rust, which will increase productions costs.