These images from the NASA Earth Observatory show areas of drought (brown = below average plant growth) and excess plant growth (green = above average plant growth).
Northern Iraq is suffering a severe drought. Much of the country’s grain is dependent on seasonal rainfall rather than irrigation:
Grain-producing regions of Afghanistan, on the other hand, are recovering from a period of drought, with the wheat crop responding well to spring rains:
Satellite imagery like this gives governments and aid agencies a quick way to analyze conditions on the ground.
Iraq image: Earth Observatory — Drought in Iraq
Afghanistan image: Earth Observatory — Crop Recovery in Afghanistan
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