A severe drought has struck a large part of Bolivia affecting mainly the El Chaco and South Cone regions. Rainfall deficits of up to 80 percent in the period January to March 2013 produced a vast crop failure averaging 72 percent. The majority of the worst-affected are indigenous subsistence farmers, who will not recover their source of food and income until the next harvest, expected in April-May 2014. In June 2013, the Government declared a national emergency.
Assistance to drought-affected populations in Bolivia