UN body urges governments to prepare for La Niña
The United Nations has urged governments to prepare for La Niña,
In a release, the International Fund for Agricultural Development said over 60 million worldwide were affected by last year’s El Niño and warned more than 100 million people could be affected with the knock-on effect of La Niña.
The IFAD is a specialized agency of the UN.
The IFAD said more than 60 million are now food insecure because of El Niño and urged “greater preparedness to deal with the possible occurrence this year of a La Niña climate event.”
According to the IFA, Southeast Asia and Pacifric islands, the Horn of Africa, Southern Africa, Central America’s Dry Corridor, and the Caribbean islands were the hardest hit by El Niño.
“Scientists are predicting an increasing likelihood of the opposite climate phenomenon, La Niña developing. This will increase the probability of above average rainfall and flooding in areas affected by El Niño related drought, whilst at the same time making it more likely that drought will occur in areas that have been flooded due to El Niño,” the IFAD said.
UN agencies and other multilateral agencies met at the Food and Agriculture Organization’s headquarters in Rome earlier this month to coordinate responses to climate change challenges and mobilize the international community to support affected governments.
During the meetings, participants noted that close to $4 billion is required to meet the humanitarian demands of the El Niño affected countries and that 80 percent of it represent food security and agricultural needs alone.