Spotlight: U.S. Experiencing Its Worst Drought Since 1956

Corn Drying to Perfection

Corn crops across the U.S. Midwest are suffering. Healthy corn crops, as shown above, will be limited this year as compared to previous growing seasons, according to the USDA. (photo courtesy Alternative Heat, Creative Commons)

Drought conditions across the U.S. are more extreme in 2012 than compared to the past 50 years – partially a result of the record high temperatures of 2012 and the lack of rainfall across the region. 

Corn and soybean farmers are on the verge of losing significant crop yields, which is raising concern that these losses could increase the price of food and fuel. The USDA released a report that rates approximately 30 percent of the corn crop as good to excellent, which is down 9 percentage points from last week.  

Examples such as the Midwest drought and flooding around the world show that the need to adapt to climate change is urgent. The Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN) created the GAIN Index to Measure What Matters. Forty-two indicators in sectors such as water, food & agriculture, energy and coastal protection measure how each country ranks in terms of its vulnerability and readiness to adapt to global challenges like drought, flooding and natural disasters. See index.gain.org to learn more. 

Review the U.S. profile in the GAIN Index. It shows that U.S. vulnerability in the food sector has slightly increased in recent years, though it is still low compared to most nations in the world. Notably, it has shown a decline in indicators that reflect resilience in food capacity and security. 

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