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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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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How Mozambique can avoid stepping into the abyss

Sam Jones, University of Copenhagen It is unsettling how quickly the shine can come off a development success story. Only a few years ago, Mozambique was standing at the helm of sustained and rapid economic growth. Optimism was nurtured by high commodity prices, robust foreign direct investment and warm relations with development financing agencies. Economic …

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El Niño leaves hunger in its wake

By Lou Del Bello     An estimated 10.2 million people are now food insecure in Ethiopia, as a result of an exceptional drought exacerbated by the El Niño event that began last year. The situation not only in the country but also across the whole of East Africa is predicted to worsen in coming …

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