Mexico’s worst drought in 70 years has wiped out the year’s corn crop and left more than 2.5m people without food and water.
An estimated 40 per cent of the national territory in the north and central parts of the country has been affected.
The economic hit caused by the drought is expected to force hundreds of thousands of people to leave the parched lands, and seek scarce jobs in the cities.
Mexico, one of the world’s top corn producers, is now planning to import corn from the US.
Al Jazeera’s Franc Contreras reports from Mexico City.