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The Southern African Development Community (SADC) region is likely to face another drought during the forthcoming 2017/18 farming season amid a forecast that the region could experience the El Nino phenomenon again this year, experts warned on Tuesday. According to sources at the ongoing meeting of ministers responsible for agriculture and food security in the SADC region taking place in Ezwulini, Swaziland, “forecasting models from international climate centres are predicting El Nino conditions” to kick in starting from July.
The El Nino phenomenon is traditionally associated with dry conditions in southern Africa.
Most SADC countries are still recovering from the devastating effects of an El Nino-induced drought that struck the region in 2016 and was described as the worst in more than 30 years.
A SADC vulnerability assessment and analysis showed that nearly 40 million people in the region of about 300 million were in need of humanitarian assistance.