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23 Feb 2017 description
report Caritas

The El Nino of 2015/2016 was unforgiving, decimating crops, drying up water sources and cutting communities in the Papua New Guinea Highlands adrift, as they either suffered in remote areas or left home for lower altitudes in search of water and food.

22 Feb 2017 description


  • Season: Kiribati is currently in Wet season, AU MEANG (Nov-April).

  • ENSO Status: Neutral

  • Drought Highlights based on rainfall records:

    • Butaritari , Beru and Kirimati were in drought for the 3 and 6 months while Butaritari remains in drought for the 12 month.

    • Tarawa, and Kanton were in warnings for 3 month and 6 month except Kanton currently in watch for 6 month.

19 Feb 2017 description
report World Bank

World Bank announces US$70 million water and sanitation support to PNG

WASHINGTON D.C., February 9, 2017 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a credit of US$70 million (PGK223 million) to support Papua New Guinea (PNG)’s water sector, improving access to clean and reliable water supply services for the population of nine provincial towns and 10 rural districts across PNG.

08 Feb 2017 description
report Government of Tonga

January Climate Summary

  • Rainfall deficit from the end of 2016 continued in January throughout the country. Limited rainfall caused dry conditions throughout the country and the temperature was warmer than average.

  • Highest maximum day time temperature was 33.3°C recorded on the 23rd in Fua'amotu

  • The lowest night time minimum temperature was 17.7°C recorded on the 1st in Fua'amotu.

  • November, December, January rain summary:

06 Feb 2017 description

Highlights: FNS Distribution

  • Seven atolls/islands severely affected by the 2016 drought received a three month supply of supplemental food assistance (SFA) supplied by the U.S. Food Nutrition Service (FNS). The SFA was distributed to communities in Maloelap, Wotje, Mejit, Ailuk, Arno (Rearlaplap), Wotho and Kwajalein. The distributions began on October 21st and ended on November 17, 2016.
02 Feb 2017 description
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El Nino 2015-2016 - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 02 Feb 2017.
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Disaster associated with El Nino in 1997-1998, 2002-2003 or 2009-2010 - Screenshot of the interactive content as of 02 Feb 2017.

The impact of the 2015‒2016 El Niño weather phenomenon has been one of the most intense and widespread in the past one hundred years. The agriculture, food security and nutritional status of 60 million people around the globe is affected by El Niño-related droughtsfloods and **extreme hot** and **cold weather**.

20 Jan 2017 description

Papua New Guinea's National Agriculture Research Institute is partnering with civil society in the Highlands to help build resilience to future droughts.

Read more on Radio New Zealand International

17 Jan 2017 description
report CARE

Aid organisation CARE International today issued a new report highlighting the top ten most underreported humanitarian crises of 2016.

The report, Suffering in Silence, features food crises in Eritrea, Madagascar, North Korea and Papua New Guinea; conflicts in Burundi, Lake Chad Basin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan and last year’s monsoon floods in Bangladesh.

16 Jan 2017 description


  • Season: Kiribati is currently in Wet season, AU MEANG (Nov-April).

  • ENSO Status: In Neutral.

Drought Highlights:

  • Rainfall records show that Butaritari,Beru and Kiritimati are in drought for the 3 months period (affects crops and rainwater tanks) and 6 month periods (affects household wells). Butaritari is also in drought for the12 months period which can affect ground water lens in wells at households.

13 Jan 2017 description

In Mangaia, the second largest of the Cook Islands, five young leaders are being trained in organic farming practices so that they can supply their local markets, as well as export their crops to the capital island of Rarotonga, alleviating the country’s heavy reliance on foreign imports. Three of the five participants are women, who were not traditionally farmers on Mangaia.


11 Jan 2017 description


  • IOM has enhanced recovery of health services through the provision of sustainable water supply at health facilities in Enga, Jiwaka and Simbu Provinces.

  • IOM has built a gravity-fed water supply system providing clean water to 1,200 households in Morobe Province.

  • IOM has worked with the PNG Civil and Identity Registry Office to document and register the displaced community of Lese Ward, Gulf Province into PNG’s new national registration system.

Situation Overview

05 Jan 2017 description
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Screenshot of the interactive content as of 05 Jan 2017.

This website allows you to explore how different scenarios of global greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change could change the geography of food insecurity in developing and least-developed countries. By altering the levels of future global greenhouse gas emissions and/or the levels of adaptation, you can see how vulnerability to food insecurity changes over time, and compare and contrast these different future scenarios with each other and the present day.

03 Jan 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

East Asia and the Pacific region remains extremely prone to natural hazards, with significant human casualties and economic losses – more than 40 million people were affected by disasters in 2015. Children are among the most vulnerable to natural hazards, and suffer short-term and long-lasting negative impacts on health, nutrition, protection and education. Population growth, rapid urbanization and climate change continue to exacerbate the impact of disasters, which are expected to occur more frequently and with greater intensely, and to impact larger populations in the coming years.

29 Dec 2016 description

Researchers have warned that villagers in Papua New Guinea could be facing future food shortages because of a dramatic increase in population.

PNG's population has more than doubled in the last 30 years, and it is affecting how the nation's subsistence farmers are using land.

Geographer Bryant Allen has been studying village food production in the foothills of the Torricelli Mountains — near PNG's northern coast — for almost 45 years.

His research has shown people are using more land and farming it more intensively.

22 Dec 2016 description


  • Season: Kiribati is currently in Wet season, AU MEANG (Nov-April).

  • ENSO Status: Remains in Neutral Phase

  • Drought Highlights:

    • Rainfall records show that Butaritari, Beru and Kiritimati are in drought for the 3 months period (affects crops and rainwater tanks). Butaritari and Kiritimati are also in drought for the 6 months period (affects household wells). Butaritari is also in drought for 12 month which can affect water lens.

21 Dec 2016 description

Every now and then, Mother Nature reminds us of her palpable force—the recent El Niño was one of those reminders. When this phenomenon hit the Highlands Region of Papua New Guinea (PNG), it unleashed an unsympathetic weather change, bringing droughts and frosts to the country. Many were unprepared to lose subsistence farming, the ‘backbone’ of New Guinean societies, as a major source of income. One can imagine the devastating impact this had on crop production and, in turn, on communities’ food security.

21 Dec 2016 description

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) launched in 2000 sought to halve by 2015 the proportion of the world’s population without sustainable access to improved water sources and sanitation facilities. By 2015, about 2.6 billion additional people had gained access to improved water sources since 1990, the baseline year for the MDGs, thus meeting the MDG target. However, 663 million people still do not have access to improved water sources.

20 Dec 2016 description
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Screenshot of the interactive content as of 20 Dec 2016.