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El Niño set to have a devastating impact on southern Africa’s harvests and food security, February 2016

Southern Africa is currently in the grip of an intense drought that has expanded and strengthened since the earliest stages of the 2015-2016 agricultural season, driven by one of the strongest El Niño events of the last 50 years. Across large swathes of Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, Mozambique, Botswana, and Madagascar, the current rainfall season has so far been the driest in the last 35 years. Agricultural areas in northern Namibia and southern Angola have also experienced high levels of water deficit.

World Food Programme
Famine Early Warning Systems Network
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
European Commission Humanitarian Aid & Civil Protection
Original Publication Date: 
17 Feb 2016
Document type: 
Early Warning
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