Category: Drought

Ethiopia’s agriculture boom yields a bare harvest for poor as El Niño bites


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Ethiopia may be portrayed as an emerging African powerhouse, but prolonged drought has left 8.2 million people facing a major food security crisis William Davison in Mieso district Monday 26 October 2015 05.37 EDT On a bright afternoon in east Ethiopia, Mohammed Jibril’s family is passing around corncobs roasted […]

El Nino brings dry grip to south eastern Australia and farmers feel the pinch


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Australian Broadcasting Corporation Broadcast: 23/10/2015 Reporter: Tracy Bowden Much of southern Australia is bracing for the hottest October on record and one of the biggest El Nino weather patterns on record, and farmers are already feeling the impact. See Video Here Transcript SABRA LANE, PRESENTER: Thunderstorms and heavy […]

El Nino’s devastating effect on Indonesia


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El Niño has hit Indonesia with extreme drought, crop losses and fires, estimated to cost the Asian country more than the $5 billion in damage caused when the weather phenomenon struck the last time. Article

Zimbabwe braces for poor rains


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Tabitha Mutenga 3 Sep 2015 ZIMBABWE should brace for yet another drought in 2016 as climatic predictions by the Southern African Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF) of normal to below normal rainfall season clearly spell disaster for the country’s agricultural season. Although the prediction is for the whole […]

 El Nino to cause 80 percent rise in East Africans needing aid: UN


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PHYS.org October 23, 2015 Heavy floods and drought sparked by the El Nino weather phenomenon in East Africa in coming weeks could see the number of people needing aid soar by over 80 percent, the UN warned Friday. El Nino is sparked by a warming in sea surface […]

Ethiopia, a Nation of Farmers, Strains Under Severe Drought


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  Carcasses of cattle litter the landscape in northeastern Ethiopia. More than 80 percent of Ethiopia’s population works in agriculture, making the country especially vulnerable to drought. Credit Jacey Fortin for The New York Times       MIESO, Ethiopia — Every day, Yasin Mohammed Aliye stakes out […]

El Niño Strikes Ethiopia


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Ethiopia is suffering its worst drought in more than a decade, a condition exacerbated by El Niño, the water-warming phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean that has affected weather patterns and reduced rainfall levels across a large chunk of Africa, hitting Ethiopia particularly hard. More than 80 percent of […]