El Niño and global food stress

Note to self: remember that El Niño isn’t just about enjoying a growing southwestern U.S. snowpack and pondering its implications on our 2016 water supply.

Across the horn of Africa (and many places around the world) people go hungry as a result. From SciDev.Net, a portal for global development issues:

The consequences of a lack of rain between June and September will be seen between now and March, during the main cropping season in northern East Africa. Traditionally, January marks the start of the harvesting period, when markets are usually replenished, but this year’s yields are predicted to be dire, and fodder scarce.

Their maps:

Food stress

Food stress