The drought is expected to be the worst in 60 years.
Though China’s food supply is considered a state secret, the country is very important to the world food supply. If they are unable to produce enough grain to be self-sufficient, they would have to resort to importation which could potentially drive prices up to such a degree that poorer nations would not be able to afford wheat. (Wheat prices are already high due to last summer’s Russian heat waves, flooding in Australian and unrest in Egypt and the Arab world.)
In addition to a food crisis, the UN believes that the drought could also create drinking water shortages for 2.57 million people and 2.79 million livestock.
The nation is currently on an FAO “special alert” and hopeful that rains and warmer temperatures may still save the wheat crop or provide enough water for a bumper crop.