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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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    Loss and damage and agrifood systems
    Addressing gaps and challenges
    2023
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    Agrifood systems are intrinsically linked to climate change and are particularly vulnerable to its impacts. Each year hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of crops and livestock production is lost due to disaster events, undermining hard-won development gains and livelihoods for farmers. At the same time, agrifood systems are substantial contributors of emissions. As such, agrifood systems must play a central role in providing solutions for climate change – both adaptation and mitigation – while meeting the food security needs of present and future generations. The communities that support and depend on agrifood systems are on the front line of loss and damage associated with climate change. Loss and damage can generally be described as the negative impact of climate change that occurs despite mitigation and adaptation efforts. Addressing loss and damage in the agrifood system is crucial, given its importance for livelihoods and sustainable development. Taking collective action is essential to tackle loss and damage in agrifood systems to ensure that the livelihoods of the most vulnerable communities are adequately protected and food security needs are met. The purpose of this report is to stimulate discussions on the central role of agrifood systems in the loss and damage debate and identify the gaps in data, knowledge and finance that need to be addressed. The report provides an overview of the loss and damage concept, the status of analytical methodologies and tools, a summary of the reporting on loss and damage in nationally determined contributions (NDCs), an outline of the policy needs and some preliminary analysis of the financing needs. Overall, support to countries needs to be targeted and strengthened so that loss and damage in agrifood systems can be dealt with as early as possible. This support needs to ensure that no one is left behind while striving for better production, better nutrition, a better environment and a better life.
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    In brief to the Impact of Disasters on Agriculture and Food Security 2023
    Avoiding and reducing losses through investment in resilience
    2023
    This report summarizes the findings of the flagship report The Impact of Disasters on Agriculture and Food Security 2023. Disasters are resulting in unprecedented levels of destruction across the world. These shocks and disruptions affect the functioning and sustainability of agricultural production and threaten the livelihoods of millions of people reliant on agrifood systems.Reducing the impact of disasters in agriculture requires a better understanding of the extent to which these events produce negative impacts in agriculture and necessitates an investigation into the underlying risks that make agriculture vulnerable to the effects of disasters.The FAO flagship report on ‘The Impact of Disasters on Agriculture and Food Security’ provides a timely and comprehensive overview of how disasters are affecting agriculture and food security around the world. Building on previous work of the FAO on this topic, the report estimates losses caused by disasters on agricultural production over the past three decades and delves into the diverse threats and impacts affecting the crops, livestock, forestry, and fisheries and aquaculture subsectors. It analyzes the complex interplay of underlying risks, such as climate change, pandemics, epidemics and armed conflicts, and how they drive disaster risk in agriculture and agrifood systems at large.The report provides examples of actions and strategies for investing in resilience and proactively addressing risks in agriculture. It demonstrates ways to mainstream disaster risk into agricultural practices and policies and calls for a deeper understanding of the context in which these solutions are implemented.

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