What is El Niño?
El Niño is a cyclical weather pattern that happens every few years, when the water in the Pacific Ocean near the equator gets hotter than usual, and sets off a chain of events that affect the atmosphere and weather around the world.
Climate change has made the 2015-2016 El Niño one of the worst in history.
Millions of the world’s poorest people are set to be affected by increasing droughts, floods and other weather-related disasters that are happening more and more often. These disasters are destroying crops and killing the cattle and goats of people who are dependent on them to survive.
ActionAid is running emergency food programmes in Ethiopia, Somaliland, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. We’re building water tanks to store water, and giving loans to women, so that they can build up their businesses and become less reliant on livestock for their living.