Nearly eleven million people in Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia are dangerously hungry and in need of humanitarian assistance. The worst drought-affected areas in Somalia are on the brink of famine.

Some 153 million people, representing about 26 percent of the population above 15 years of age in sub-Saharan Africa, suffered from severe food insecurity in 2014-15, according to a new FAO report.

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.

This nexus brief focuses on the phenomenon of the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and in particular on the 2015/2016 El Niño event, which faded out in May 2016 but has impacts and effects on environmental and societal systems that will extend well into 2017.

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.

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