After El Niño, rainfall recovers in most of Southern Africa. The current rainfall season has seen normal to above normal rainfall for the southern half of continental Southern African Development Community region, notably Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, south Zambia, Zimbabwe, northern South Africa, central and southern Mozambique and Swaziland.

NASA and NOAA announced today that 2016 was the hottest year on record globally - and the 3rd year in a row of record warming

This report features a review of 15 countries affected by the 2015-16 El Niño and explores lessons learned. The impacts of El Niño appear in the form of droughts, floods and fires. These adverse impacts tend to recur and can, therefore be anticipated, planned for, and mitigated, if not avoided altogether.

The Blueprint for Action (‘the Blueprint’) is a tool to support integrated, nationally-led and equity-driven plans to prepare for El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and other climate hazards, absorbing risks without jeopardizing development gains, and informing climate-smart development plans to reduce risk.

The Blueprint for Action (‘the Blueprint’) is a tool to support integrated, nationally-led and equity-driven plans to prepare for El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and other climate hazards, absorbing risks without jeopardizing development gains, and informing climate-smart development plans to reduce risk.

El Niño has returned to a neutral phase, but the danger has not yet passed. The humanitarian impact of the 2015-2016 El Niño is deeply alarming, affecting over 60 million people globally.

Latest forecasts indicate a 55-70 per cent chance of a La Niña developing towards the end of this year, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has said.

June marks 14 consecutive months of record heat for the globe. Average sea surface temperature was also record high, Persistent heat on land and in the sea this June shattered records, yet again.

The devastating impacts of the 2015–16 El Niño will be felt well into 2017. This crisis was predicted, yet overall, the response has been too little too late. The looming La Niña event may further hit communities that are already deeply vulnerable.

The publication consolidates a synthetic analysis on La Niña and its potential impacts on agriculture and food security, specifically in the regions that are now dealing with the consequences of El Niño.

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