» 02/15/2011, 00.00
Drought threatens 6.75 million hectares of crops
Snowfall and cloud seeding have had limited effects. Drought has been particularly bad for wheat, whose output is expected to be around 100 million tonnes this year, down from 115 last year. Once self-sufficient, China must import as world prices skyrocket.
Russia bans wheat exports
20% of cereal crops destroyed by drought and fires. Prime Minister Putin speaks precautionary measure and reassures that there are sufficient stocks for domestic consumption. But grain prices in Russia have increased more than the world markets. The new sharp price increase will cause problems for big importers.
Worst drought in a century wipes out harvests in southwestern China
Rainfall drops 80 per cent. About 51 million people face water shortages in Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi, Sichuan and Chongqing. Food prices hit the roof as speculators horde production. The danger of street protests increases.
09/04/2014 SYRIA - UNITED NATIONS
Drought in Syria could bring hunger to 6.5 million people
According to the United Nations, rainfall since September has been less than half the long-term average, reducing wheat yields. This comes at a time when food parcels to Syrian families were cut by 20 per cent because of a drop in donors' contribution.
Millions of farmers threatened by drought
The worst drought in 50 years threatens the Yangtze River and the rice harvests in many regions. Millions of farmers could be forced off the land and into the cities to find work. The Agriculture minister is more optimistic but, in the meantime, the country is forced to import grains.
13/01/2011 CHINA – EAST ASIA
World Bank expects China to lead Asia in growth in 2011
The World Bank forecasts strong but lower growth in China and the Asia-Pacific region, especially because of higher inflation. Experts say China’s growth will be shaped by political decisions, like the value of the yuan.
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