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Policy briefing seminar: Impact of drought El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) on southern Africa’s food systems

Disaster Response Briefing Meeting
22 April 2024
14:00 - 17:00

The El Niño phenomenon continues to wreak havoc on Southern Africa, posing significant challenges to food security, livelihoods, and the overall well-being of communities in the region.  In response to this pressing crisis, the Human Sciences Research Council in partnership with the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network, the Agricultural Research Council, CARE Southern Africa and the National Agricultural Marketing Council (NAMC) cordially invite you to join our policy briefing seminar: The Impact of Drought El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) on Southern Africa’s Food Systems.

This event represents a pivotal opportunity to mobilise collective action and catalyse meaningful change in response to the El Niño crisis. By leveraging research, policy advocacy, and stakeholder engagement, the event aims to empower communities and decision-makers to effectively navigate the challenges posed by El Niño and build a more resilient future for southern Africa.

Key Objectives

  • To foster dialogue and collaboration among diverse stakeholders, including government representatives, regional organizations, diplomatic missions, media, and civil society, towards a coordinated and holistic approach to addressing the El Niño crisis.
  • To disseminate findings from a comprehensive food system study, highlighting the specific challenges and opportunities presented by the El Niño crisis in Zambia.

To launch a policy advisory note on El Niño, providing actionable recommendations for policymakers and stakeholders to enhance preparedness, response, and adaptation efforts.

Date: Monday, 22 April 2024

Time:  14:00 to 17:00 (GMT+2)

Venue: ARC Conference Centre Hatfield, 1134 Park St, Hatfield, Pretoria, 0028

Register to attend: Please click here to register

Contact: For more information, please contact Thembi Mwamakamba, email: