The Time is Ripe to Act against Drought
By Monique Barbut
WINDHOEK, Aug 18 2016 (IPS)
Let us start with some good news. Sort of. The strongest El Niño in 35 years is coming to an end. 
In 2015/2016 this “El Niño effect” led to drought in over 20 countries . There were scorching temperatures, water shortages and flooding around the world. Worst hit were eastern and southern Africa
To understand what that means for people, you just have to look at the numbers about food insecurity. 32 million people in southern Africa were affected by food insecurity as a result. Across Africa, 1 million children required treatment for severe acute malnutrition.
And though the worst of the drought is coming to an end, predictions are high (at about 75%) that La-Nina will arrive later in 2016. La Nina – El Niño’s opposite number – is known for the flooding it brings.
There may not be much relief for policy makers and people across Africa before the end of the year.
But then, if will be over, we can breathe again. We can go back to business as usual – right?
Well…if you will allow me…for Albert Einstein…one of the definitions of insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”.
Going back to business as usual fits this definition of insanity very well.
Read the full article: South Africa News Today