Meaning: a long period of time without adequate rainfall

Fast Facts:

  • rural communities rely on adequate rain to aid in crop growing

  • whole communities have been wiped out in prolonged droughts

  • in Ethiopia in 1984 more than 800,000 people perished because of a drought

  • clearing land, the greenhouse effect and changing climate patterns are all responsible for droughts

  • the building of water storage facilities and planting drought resistant crops are two ways to deal with the situation