Climate change in the coming decade, in which severe drought is expected in China and North America, could have a negative impact on food production, predicts the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
"Abrupt climate change will become more frequent in the future, especially the heat waves and heavy precipitation, — said the head of the WMO Omar Baddur in an interview Bloomberg. — These factors, together with a decrease in rainfall in some regions, including the Mediterranean and China have an impact on agriculture and crops. "
The most dramatic change in the weather, including the U.S., may reduce grain yield, reduce the number of livestock, production of vegetable oils and contribute to the growth of food prices.
Drought in China has already caused damage to 6.4 million hectares of farmland, and can lead to a reduction in the early rice crop if in the next two weeks will not rain. In the U.S., floods have damaged 3.6 million acres of arable land.
According to analysts of Standard Chartered Plc, in this quarter, the average price of corn is $ 7.75 per bushel, in the third quarter, it will rise to $ 8 a bushel on "growing concerns about the weather in the U.S., Europe and parts of Russia."