El Niño and La Niña: Impacts, Prospects and Priorities for Action
6 July 2016, Rome--- 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.

Opening remarks by José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General.
9min. 45sec.

Opening remarks by (00:00) Ertharin Cousin, WFP Executive Director and (20:38) Lakshmi Menon, IFAD Associate Vice President.
28min. 32sec.

Keynote speeches: (00:00)Petteri Taalas, Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO); (18:16)Ambassador Macharia Kamau, UN Special Envoy for El Niño and Climate.
39min. 44sec.

Shukri Ahmed, FAO Deputy Strategic Programme Leader of resilience, tells more on FAO's role in addressing the El Niño crisis globally and the likely event of La Niña. (Interview conducted by Murielle Sarr)
5min. 59sec.
Topic(s): Agriculture & crops, Biodiversity, Climate change, Environment/Natural resources, Food Security, Interview, Rural or agricultural development
Produced by: FAO
Reference: 11788