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The impact of disasters on agriculture and food security

This study from FAO aims to help fill the current knowledge gap on the nature and magnitude of impacts of disasters triggered by natural hazards on the agriculture sector and its subsectors. Specifically, it assesses the impact of medium to large scale natural hazards and disasters in developing countries between 2003 and 2013, focusing on direct physical damage and indirect economic losses. It argues that quantifying the full extent of sector damage and losses is fundamental to better understand people’s vulnerabilities and risks and inform appropriate risk reduction measures and investments. The study demonstrates that natural hazards regularly impact heavily on agriculture and hamper the eradication of hunger and achievements of sustainable development.

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 Disaster Risk Reduction, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the Universal Climate Change agreement.

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