Chile is a country located on the western coast of South America, bordering Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Its capital and largest city is Santiago.
Chile is a former Spanish colony. It declared its independence in 1818. Following a US-backed military coup in 1973, dictator Augusto Pinochet led the country for 16 years. Chile is rich in mineral resources and today is one of the most prosperous countries in Latin America. This page collates all of DW's content on Chile.
As more than one million people are leaving their homes in the US to escape Hurricane Florence, we take a look at disasters and disaster preparedness around the globe. What can you do to prepare yourself? What should you have at hand in case there is an earthquake or hurricane? We also hear how people are coping a few years after forces of nature wreaked havoc in their home towns.
Chile is situated on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" and is one of the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. The small town of Dichato, located along the coast, was one of the towns that were almost completely destroyed by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in 2010. Today, eight years later, most of the town has been rebuilt. But for the people here, life will never be the same.
Residents in the Chilean town of Paine say the use of toxic agricultural chemicals in food production has increased cases of cancer among farmers and other people who work on the fields. There are also more disabilities among children at the local schools. Is Monsanto to blame?
Avocados are hailed as healthy superfood, but the craze is wreaking havoc in many communities. For instance in Chile where it's led to water shortages. What can we consumers do? Should we do away with avocados altogether? Join us for a special episode on the avocado fruit.
Global avocado consumption has picked up over the years. While that might be good for health-conscious eaters, things are not looking so great for those who actually grow it. Chile for instance, one of the main avocado producers, is battling major environmental problems because of the fruit. Sophia Boddenberg went to explore.
Avocados have been hailed as superfood, but it takes a lot of water to grow them. That has led to environmental problems in Chile and other countries. And then there's the issue of having them shipped around the world before they end up on our plates. We ask Ursula Hudson, President of Slow Food Germany and a member of the board of Slow Food International: Is it still ethical to eat the fruit?