El Niño in Latin America and Caribbean

The humanitarian situation in the dry corridor of Central America reached levels of crisis in 2015, with more than 3.5 million people in a situation of food insecurity, and need immediate food assistance, health care, livelihood recovery, and activities that increase resilience in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

A Humanitarian Response Plan for Guatemala and Honduras was launched in January 2016, targeting 750,000 people and calling for a total of US$101.79 million in funding.

Although drought conditions improved slightly in 2016, drought and food insecurity remains of concern for Central American countries. Honduras ranked the most vulnerable country to effects of climate change in the 2016 Global Climate Risk Index.

Mrs. Mary Robinson, Special Envoy on El Niño and Climate Change, visited Honduras in July 2016. As a result of her visit, Honduras is considering becoming one of the countries to pilot the Blueprint for Action. The objectives of the Blueprint approach are to support integrated, nationally-led and equity-driven plans to prepare for ENSO and other weather hazards, absorbing risks without jeopardizing development gains, and informing climate-smart development plans to reduce risk; and to encourage the global, regional, national and local partnerships necessary to support the effective and sustainable implementation of these plans.  

 

Documents
Latin America and the Caribbean: El Niño, Rainfall and Drought (April, 2016)
Informe de Situación OCHA - ROLAC: Sequía en Centroamérica (Inglés)
Boletín Humanitario. Septiembre - Octubre de 2016 (Español)
Links
FEWS NET, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network
World Food Program News
Scidev.Net
NOOA El Niño
Pan American Health Organization
Funding
Honduras - Emergency Response Plan
Guatemala - Emergency Response Plan
Videos, photos and web stories