This is a map of countries that experienced severe drought in 2011. A number of countries experienced drought of various types, but these countries had at least some amount of severe drought during 2011. This information is brought together from multiple sources: News Searches, Google Searches, and information at Drought Monitor. Just because a country is highlighted does not mean all of it experienced severe drought, just that some region in the country experienced severe drought in 2011.
Although some of this is natural, a sizable amount of the drought is attributable to land use, patterns of violent conflict, and climate change. Discussions of reducing environmental risk for people around the world, improving health and nutrition, and maintaining the global environment needs to take drought seriously in the equation.