Italy: Farmers in Italy Facing Devastating Drought

Italy is suffering from a severe summer drought caused by low rainfall (80 percent below average in the first half of 2017) and exceptionally high temperatures for most of the year. Nearly two-thirds of Italian farmland has been negatively affected, with the worst hit crops being olives, tomatoes, wine grapes, fruits, vegetables, grains and hay. Ministry of Agriculture officials report that 11 Italian regions are in the process of requesting natural disaster assistance due to the weather conditions in order to receive financial support from the national solidarity fund.

Italy: Farmers in Italy Facing Devastating Drought