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ACT Alliance Appeal Response to Food Crisis due to El Niño and La Niña in Central America - CAM161

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Appeal Target: US$ 418,005.00
Balance Requested: US$ 398,005.00

Geneva, 30th of June 2016

Dear Colleagues,

The drought caused by El Niño is one of the most severe in the history of Central America, surpassing in size and impact the situation faced in 2014. Despite mitigation measures, 4.2 million people in the dry corridor have been affected, of which more than 2 million are facing a humanitarian crisis as they are in dire need of immediate food assistance, health care, nutritional support, and recovery of livelihoods, among others.

This crisis highlights the extreme vulnerability of subsistence farmers, landless farmers and laborers living along the dry corridor of Central America. These low income households are dependent on rainfall as they farm without irrigation; furthermore, the have limited access to basic health services, education and face difficulties accessing minimal dietary standards.

Despite mitigation measures put into place in the affected countries, the drought has caused food insecurity for thousands of families resulting in a humanitarian crisis. The ongoing impact of El Niño and the possibility of a subsequent drought brought upon by La Niña may continue to have an impact, especially on food insecurity and health, for as long as two years.

ACT Alliance is planning to support 2872 families in four countries of Central America with food security, WASH, and livelihoods.