Sounding the Alarm on Southern Africa’s Food Crisis
Southern Africa’s worst drought in decades has left 40 million people, 14 percent of the region’s total population, food insecure this year. The World Food Programme is significantly scaling up operations to reach over 13 million by January 2017, but funding shortfalls remain acute: the Southern African Development Community estimates a gap of $2.5 billion.Please join us for the launch of a new report and introductory film from the CSIS Global Food Security Project, Improving Relief and Development Responses to Climate Variability: Emerging Lessons from the 2015–2016 El Niño in Southern Africa. The report, based on research in Malawi and Mozambique, examines the food insecurity crisis induced by one of the strongest El Niño weather systems on record. Panelists will assess the humanitarian response so far, highlight the priority unmet needs, and consider what affected countries and their development partners can do to prepare communities for future climate-related food shocks.