El Niño and La Niña: Impacts, Prospects and Priorities for Action

Jul 2016

A One-day El Niño and La Niña event was organized today at FAO headquarters, in collaboration with the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD), and the World Food Programme (WFP). Government representatives, regional bodies, food security experts, agricultural development practitioners, humanitarian response specialists and international donors attended the event to look at the challenges caused by the 2015-16 El Niño weather phenomenon and how to best respond to them. El Niño’s impacts on agriculture are continuing to drive up food insecurity, even though the weather event is over. This situation is likely to be compounded by La Niña in a few months’ time.