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    Damage and losses due to weather and climate-related disasters in agricultural Sectors 2016
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    We know comparatively little about the full impact of climate related natural disasters on agriculture and its subsectors. Using available primary and secondary data, this brochure provides an overview of damage and losses caused by climate related extreme events in developing countries between 2003 and 2013 in agricultural sectors. This information is crucial to support effective Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) policy and practice, and to enable the design of m easures specific to crops, livestock, fisheries, aquaculture and forestry. Evidence-based disaster prevention and preparedness is the key to building resilient livelihoods and helping to eradicate hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition. The data and analyses provided in this leaflet are largely based on FAO’s publication on the The Impact of Disasters on Agriculture and Food Security
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    The impact of disasters and crises on agriculture and food security: 2021 2021
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    On top of a decade of exacerbated disaster loss, exceptional global heat, retreating ice and rising sea levels, humanity and our food security face a range of new and unprecedented hazards, such as megafires, extreme weather events, desert locust swarms of magnitudes previously unseen, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Agriculture underpins the livelihoods of over 2.5 billion people – most of them in low-income developing countries – and remains a key driver of development. At no other point in history has agriculture been faced with such an array of familiar and unfamiliar risks, interacting in a hyperconnected world and a precipitously changing landscape. And agriculture continues to absorb a disproportionate share of the damage and loss wrought by disasters. Their growing frequency and intensity, along with the systemic nature of risk, are upending people’s lives, devastating livelihoods, and jeopardizing our entire food system. This report makes a powerful case for investing in resilience and disaster risk reduction – especially data gathering and analysis for evidence informed action – to ensure agriculture’s crucial role in achieving the future we want.
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    The impact of disasters on agriculture and food security 2015
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    This study assesses the impact of medium to large scale natural hazards and disasters on the agriculture sector and subsectors in developing countries between 2003 and 2013, focusing on direct physical damage and indirect economic losses. The findings of the study are expected to support national and international efforts to reduce damage and losses caused by disasters and strengthen the resilience of the agriculture sector, in line with resilience targets set under the Sendai Framework for Disa ster Risk Reduction, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Universal Climate Change Agreement.

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