Is there a difference between a drought and a shortage?



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    A drought is a long period of abnormally low rainfall, especially one that adversely affects growing or living conditions. Droughts may last up to several years. In a shortage, the quantity available or supplied in a market is not enough to keep up with the quantity demanded or required at a given time or price. Droughts indicate natural occurrences, while shortages are market and trade-driven. (Although a drought may directly cause a shortage of farmed foods).

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