The current, brutal El Niño effect has matched the strongest on record. It´s triggered severe droughts in Ethiopia, at a time when state coffers are lean. The UN is struggling to drum up financial support for the country.
Forest fires last year resulted in record tree loss around the globe – climate change and El Niño were major factors. This is bad news for the world's carbon sinks, since fires release CO2 into the atmosphere.
Africa's drought crisis has hit Kenya and numerous schools have had to stop providing free food to their pupils. This is not only due to crop failures but also greedy profiteers.
African ranchers are forced to seek new pastures after traditional grazing lands have dried up, putting them on a collision course with local farmers. In some areas, lands previously herded are being used for farming.
Uganda has always been known as the bread basket of Africa and for the most part that's still true. But both the lack of rainfall in the northeast and the large number of refugees have posed a challenge to the country.
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