El Niño: Drought in the Pacific

A state of emergency declared in early 2016 by Micronesian states, such as the Marshall Islands and Palau, following months of El Niño-linked drought, is still in effect. With wells and reservoirs drying and empty household water tanks, staple crops like breadfruit and bananas have withered and authorities have warned that food and water shortages could lead to increased spread of disease. In Papua New Guinea, the NGO Care has warned that tens of thousands of people are in need of urgent food aid due to severe drought. Whilst rain has returned to some regions and some vegetable crops are being grown, it will take more time for groundwater levels and staple crop production to recover.

The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) is a joint international institution of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union (EU). CTA operates under the framework of the Cotonou Agreement and is funded by the EU.