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Jenipher Nkotima, 24, used to be able to grow enough maize to feed her family but that the recent drought, exacerbated by climate change, means there hasn’t been enough food to go round. Photo: Eldson Chagara/Oxfam

The longest lean season

Although the El Niño weather event has ended, the humanitarian needs resulting from the drought in Southern Africa remain huge, and are still deepening.

We are learning how to manage our crops better,” say farmers Malvin Ortiz and Felipe Martínez, “and we are teaching our children how to do it, too.” Now, the future is looking more hopeful.

Building resilience to drought in El Salvador

The lingering effects of El Niño have affected around 7 million people in Latin America and the Caribbean. Oxfam and its local partners have been helping some of the most vulnerable people in the region to become more resilient to extreme weather patterns.

A mother gives her son a drink of water from an Oxfam tank in Ethiopia

A preventable crisis

The devastating impacts of the 2015–16 El Niño will be felt well into 2017. There is an urgent need for humanitarian action where the situation is already dire, to prepare for La Niña later this year, to commit to new measures to build communities’ resilience, and to mobilize global action to address climate change

An Oxfam truck of livestock feed is unloaded, Siti Zone, Ethiopia

Voices of El Niño from around the world

About 60 million people across the world face worsening hunger and poverty due to droughts and crop failures in 2014/5. The situation has been exacerbated by the worst ever recorded El Niño weather system and the number of people struggling to survive is likely to rise. Hear their stories.

Water point. Photo: Rodney Dekker/Oxfam

Water is life. El Niño and the threat to water access

We must not lose sight of the millions of people around the world who won’t have access to water as a super El Niño, boosted by climate change, will deepen drought and leave entire communities without enough food. Read their stories.

Oneida 46 años, Cuba.

Cuba: When it rains on the Oasis

During 2015, the hottest year in Cuba since 1951, the country experienced the most severe drought it had seen in 115 years. Oxfam brought together Oneida and other Cuban women who are being to forced to adapt to climate change.

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