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Building Agricultural Resilience to Natural Disasters - GCP/GLO/986/ITA









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    FAO Regional Programme Framework for Disaster Risk Management 2010 -2013
    Reducing and managing disaster risk to improve food and livelihood security in Eastern and Central Africa
    2010
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    Each year, countries in the Eastern and Central region of Africa (ECA) experience the highest number of natural hazards and people -induced disasters in all of Africa. More and more people are adversely affected by natural hazards, such as droughts and floods, as well as crop and livestock diseases, civil conflicts, unstable market conditions and volatile food prices, gender inequalities and HIV. As they result in the loss of lives, assets and livelihoods, these natural and people-induced disast ers affect men and women differently and, at the same time, weaken the social support systems. Given the complex nature of often simultaneous and protracted crises affecting ECA, coordinated action towards adopting a more holistic approach is needed. Such an approach would integrate disaster risk reduction (pre-disaster preparedness, prevention and mitigation) into emergency response and post-disaster recovery strategies. In line with this need, FAO has elaborated a new Strategic Framewo rk that will serve as the foundation for the regional disaster risk management (DRM) programme in Eastern and Central Africa. The regional approach is based on the new corporate strategy aimed at improving preparedness and response to food and agricultural threats and emergencies by effectively linking short- and long-term interventions through disaster risk reduction (preparedness, prevention and mitigation), emergency response and transition options. This Regional DRM Programme Framewo rk provides an integrated approach to disaster risk reduction (DRR) and DRM interventions on natural hazards, crises and threats common to countries in ECA and acts as a platform for the development of national Plans of Action (PoAs). This Framework is intended as a working document, subject to change, aimed at supporting the development and implementation of DRR and DRM efforts in food and agriculture in coordination with governments, regional economic commissions (RECs), African Union (AU), UN -system, particularly the other two Rome-based agencies (the World Food Programme [WFP] and the International Fund for Agricultural Development [IFAD]), NGOs and other stakeholders in the region. Three main programme priorities are foreseen for 2010-2013: (1) to enhance and promote risk reduction concepts and practices in programming; (2) to increase the timeliness and quality of emergency response to disasters, crises and threats; and (3) to integrate transition concepts and linkages related t o transforming risks into programming. The overall objective of the Regional DRM Programme Framework is to lessen the adverse impacts of hazards, to reduce vulnerability and to strengthen community resilience, in an effort to help the countries in the region to become more food secure and to enable them to focus on developing sustainable food and agriculture systems. The following countries will be covered by this regional programme: Burundi, the Central African Republic (CAR), the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda.
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    Strengthening Capacities for Disaster Risk Reduction and Disaster Preparedness in the Agricultural Sector - TCP/KYR/3702 2022
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    Concerns over water scarcity and severe water supply shortages are driving governments to find alternative solutions, including the development of non conventional water resources In this context, the application of non conventional waters ( has the potential to help countries meet increasing water demands, particularly during years of drought Moreover, through proper planning and management, NCW reuse schemes offer economic and environmental benefits The Kyrgyz Republic lacks an integrated approach to Climate Change and Adaptation ( and Disaster Risk Resilience ( in agriculture The Government is constrained in terms of resources and capacities, above all in the identification of the impact on the agriculture sector of natural hazards and in the technical knowledge required for early warning and response The scarce resources available are focused on major disasters and crises, despite the frequent occurrence of small and medium scale emergencies that have a permanent negative impact on development in the sector The country, with support from the international community, has taken steps to increase its capacity to reduce disaster risk, and to mitigate the adverse effects of climate change However, CCA and DRR initiatives have rarely applied an holistic approach to agriculture despite its importance and the threat to both the sector and the rural population represented by climate change and variables, as well as by weather extremes.
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    Building resilience to natural hazards and climate-related disasters in the Caribbean
    Disaster Risk Reduction and Management in Agriculture (DRM) Webinar IV, 26 June 2018. Summary Points, Questions and Answers
    2018
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    While another active and likely severe hurricane season is approaching, different countries in the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, particularly in the Caribbean, continue to slowly recover from the impacts caused by the catastrophic Irma and Maria events of last year. At the same time, more countries remain highly exposed to natural disasters – of different nature – whose frequency and severity is worsened by the effect of climate change and the limited application of measures for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the region. According to the results of Post-Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNAs) conducted in Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda, the overall amount of damage and losses that occurred in the agriculture sector and sub-sectors (crops, livestock, fisheries and forestry) in these two countries, after the last hurricane season, are: USD 211 million and USD 0.5 million respectively. These figures show how severely natural disasters can affect the economy and food security and nutrition of countries and people largely relying on the agriculture sector and sub-sectors.

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