How Africa can prepare against the next El Niño

By Esther Ngumbi Governments and other key actors in food security need to prepare against the next El Niño, writes Esther Ngumbi. After a long dry spell coupled with drought, the rains have finally arrived in many African countries, including Kenya and South Africa, and the 2017 planting season is underway. But this joy may …

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Dipole: ‘Indian Niño’ has brought devastating drought to East Africa

Rob Marchant, University of York A severe drought threatens millions of people in East Africa. Crop harvests are well below normal and the price of food has doubled across much of Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia and nearby countries. The last major drought in the region, in 2011, caused hundreds of thousands of deaths. They are becoming …

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African policymakers get new, reliable climate data

By Baraka Rateng’ [NAIROBI] Climate change in Africa is least-researched and poorly understood, but a new report could help decision-makers get reliable scientific information about it to aid planning. The report, from Future Climate for Africa (FCFA), has new information that could be used in decision-making, leading to great potential benefits for millions of Africans …

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Time is ripe to predict drought to help African farmers

By Esther Ngumbi It is time to use historical data to predict drought in Africa to benefit farmers, writes Esther Ngumbi. The scorching heat of Kenya’s south coast is causing nightmares to many farmers. Just two months ago, after the rains arrived, Kenya’s south coast was lush with green scenery. The maize fields were thriving …

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El Niño and fighting leave 80 million in food crisis

By Barbara Axt Armed conflict and the droughts caused by the El Niño effect have left 80 million people around the world in acute food crisis this year, reveals a food security report. The report by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Food Programme adds that a …

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