The Truth Behind the Drought in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile: Exploring the Role of Climate Change

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Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile have grappled with severe drought conditions for the past few months. These countries have been experiencing the lowest levels of rainfall in 35 years, leading to crop failures and threatening food security, access to water, people’s health, and ecosystems. The big question is, what is causing these drought conditions? While some argue that climate change is to blame, others dispute this claim. In this blog post, we will explore the role of climate change in exacerbating water scarcity in these countries.

Many people have quickly blamed climate change for the recent drought conditions in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile. However, recent research shows climate change is not solely responsible for the drought. Instead, it exacerbates the existing water scarcity issues in the region. Scientists from various countries collaborated to understand how human-induced climate change affects rainfall intensity, which ultimately causes drought.

The research findings revealed that while human-induced climate change has resulted in less rainfall in the region, it has not significantly increased the severity of the drought. The study further indicated that the regions’ water scarcity issues date back to the 1800s when the countries started altering their landscapes through deforestation.

Another contributing factor to water scarcity is the unsustainable use of water resources. Many farmers in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile use outdated irrigation systems, leading to water wastage. Moreover, water-intensive crops like soybeans, corn, and wheat have also contributed to water scarcity. These crops require a lot of water, and farmers often over-irrigate their fields to ensure higher yields.

The governments of Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile have recognized the challenges of water scarcity and have been taking measures to address the issue. Chile, for instance, has been investing in desalination plants to convert seawater into usable water. In Uruguay, the government has introduced policies to regulate livestock farming and reduce water-intensive agriculture. Argentina has been focusing on sustainable irrigation management and promoting crop varieties that require less water.

While the government’s efforts are commendable, more must be done to address the water scarcity issue in the region. The continued use of outdated irrigation systems and water-intensive crops must be discouraged. Innovations like drip irrigation, which uses minimal water and has proven effective in some African countries, could be adopted.


In conclusion, climate change is not solely responsible for the severe drought conditions in Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile. However, climate change exacerbates the region’s water scarcity issues. The root causes of water scarcity are deforestation, unsustainable use of water resources, and water-intensive crops. The governments of these countries have recognized the challenges and have been taking measures to address the issue. There is a need for continued efforts towards sustainable irrigation, innovations, and policies to conserve water resources. We can ensure these countries have enough water to sustain people and ecosystems by working together.

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About Geoffrey W W McRae

With a highly distinguished career spanning more than three decades across five different countries, New Zealander Geoffrey McRae has established himself as a leading authority on South American real estate, agricultural, and commercial matters. As the founder of Gateway to South America – a real estate consulting group specialising in six South American countries – Geoffrey has developed a reputation for discretion, expertise, and experience that has seen him represent some of the most prestigious clients in the region. His deep knowledge and experience of South American markets have placed him at the forefront of the industry and given him the opportunity to guide and advise with confidence and surety. His long and successful career – which continues to evolve and expand daily – is a testament to his talent, tenacity, and ambition.

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