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Caribbean Warned to Prepare for Increased and Intensified Drought

A new report from the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is warning that climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the Caribbean. And it’s therefore urging countries of the region to enhance their capabilities to deal with this and other extreme weather-related challenges to ensure food security and hunger eradication.

The Caribbean already experiences drought-like events every year, with low water availability often impacting on agriculture and water resources, and a significant number of bushfires. The region also experiences intense dry seasons particularly in years when El Niño climate events are present. The impacts of this are usually offset by the next wet season, but wet seasons often end early and dry seasons last longer with the result that annual rainfall is less than expected, the FAO noted. Click here to read the entire article.

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