Climate extremes are a key driver of food insecurity. At the same time, the climate crisis is intersecting and compounding other drivers of hunger, including conflict and economic downturns. To successfully manage these interlocking problems and avert cascading humanitarian disasters, traditional humanitarian response systems need to evolve from crisis response to forward-looking risk management. Recognizing the urgency of the problem, WFP works with governments in the region that are investing in early warning systems to better anticipate and respond to hazards. Leveraging these investments, Anticipatory Action (AA) offers an innovative approach that enables the implementation and financing of actions triggered by weather forecasts, and before an extreme weather event has occurred. These anticipatory actions aim to prevent and mitigate – to the extent possible – the effects of extreme weather on the food security and nutrition of highly vulnerable people.
This factsheet gives an overview of the Anticipatory Action projects in the region – those in the implementation phase including Haiti, Dominican Republic and Guatemala as well as those are in pilot or design phase including Nicaragua, Ecuador and Peru.