About the theme

Drought is one of the major constraints that affect food security and the survival of more than two billion people, who occupy 41% of the world's land area. The worst affected areas in Brazil are in the semi-arid region. In 2012 and 2013, more than 1,400 municipalities in the Northeast region and in the North of Minas Gerais faced a punishing drought.

Future scenarios point to increased temperatures and decreased rainfall, especially in such areas. If this scenario becomes reality, droughts will be an increasingly common phenomenon. Productive efficiency in the regions that are more susceptible to droughts depends on a several measures to monitor and mitigate the negative effects of this phenomenon, through the rational and sustainable use of water and soils, and of biodiversity resources.  [+] Read more


Questions and Answers

The first reports of droughts in the Brazilian Northeast date from the end of the 16th century (1583/1585). However, the phenomenon has currently been observed in other regions of the country. São Paulo is currently experiencing the longest drought in the last 80 years. In 2012, nearly 650 municipal areas in the South declared a state of emergency because of droughts. Access the page and learn the answers to some important questions about the theme provided by Embrapa's specialists.   [+] Read more



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