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In El Niño's Wake: Examining Africa's Latest Food Crisis

March 29 – 30, 2016
PANEL 1: The Scale and Impact of the Crisis
Dina Esposito
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, USAID
Chris Hillbruner
Deputy Chief of Party, Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)
Jeremiah Lengoasa
Deputy Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization
Moderated by:
Jennifer Cooke
Director, CSIS Africa Program
PANEL 2: Building Resilience to Climate Volatility
Greg Collins
Director, Center for Resilience, USAID
Ngonidzashe Munemo
Associate Professor of Political Science, Williams College
Reta Alemu Nega
Deputy Chief of Mission to the United States, Embassy of Ethiopia
Moderated by:
 Kimberly Flowers
Director, CSIS Global Food Security Project

The 2015-2016 El Niño weather pattern, among the strongest on record, has caused intense drought in Eastern and Southern Africa and has left up to 60 million people in the two regions in need of emergency food assistance. Ethiopia has called the current drought its worst in 30 years, South Africa its worst in over a century. As the resulting food and health emergency grows, experts on food security, resilience, and climate change in Africa will join us to discuss the scale and impact of the current crisis and evaluate the response to date, with an eye toward what the U.S. and broader international community can do to support resilience to mounting climate variability challenges.

This event is made possible with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Kimberly Flowers
Senior Associate (Non-resident), Humanitarian Agenda and Global Food Security Program