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    Agriculture-related investments in disaster risk reduction and management. Preliminary findings
    Global and regional trends between 2004 and 2016
    2019
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    The increased frequency and severity of natural hazards and disasters, partly largely caused by climate change and variability, has adverse serious negative impacts on the agriculture sectors, threatening peoples’ lives and livelihoods as well as national economies. To tackle this challenge, it is important to invest in disaster risk reduction measures that can both increase sustainable agricultural production and boost the resilience of current and future generations. Even in the absence of a disasters event, these investments can yield provide significant benefits, for example by encouraging households to protect existing assets and build new ones, as well as by promoting entrepreneurship and stimulating innovation. At the global level, the international community made a commitment though the 2015-2030 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 to increase investments in prevention and preparedness. The guiding principle of this framework states that it is far more effective to invest prior before to a disaster, rather than to focusing on post-disaster measures. However lack of data related to investments in disaster risk reduction for the agriculture sectors makes it difficult to understand the current state of such financial commitments in this area. Without accurate information we cannot effectively measure investment needs and progress made in addressing risks related to climate change and disasters. The purpose of this study, conducted by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), is to address this knowledge gap and provide quantitative evidence of trends in agriculture-related investment to prevention and preparedness, reconstruction, relief and rehabilitation, as well as emergency response measures at global and regional levels. We believe that the findings of this analysis will support investment planning in national governments, international financing institutions, the United Nations and resource partners.
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    Rapid Agricultural Disaster Assessment Routine (RADAR) 2008
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    The Rapid Agricultural Disaster Assessment Routine (RADAR) is based on the idea that a disaster is the "product" of extreme factors and a vulnerable agricultural system. This book proposes to move from empirical assessments of disaster impact on agriculture towards model-based approaches. Once an event strikes a region, the user of the procedure should rapidly collect all available georeferenced and quantitative data on the event and the region. Subsequently, a Disaster I nformation Management System that integrates physical models, knowledge-bases, databases and GIS can be used to assess the short- and long-term agricultural impact of the event. The output of the analyses is the geographical distribution of the intensity of the event, which is then used to compute the integrated impact on agriculture produced by the disaster. In the medium- to long-term accumulated information and in-depth analysis should provide a significant contribution towards disaster preparedness and minimization of potential risks through early warning strategies and preparation of development plans that incorporate resilience to such disasters.
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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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