Skip to main content

Agriculture bears major brunt of natural disasters: FAO

Agricultural sectors have been bearing the major burnt of natural disasters with worst in the developing world, according to initial results from a new FAO study released at the UN World Conference for Disaster Risk Reduction in Japan.

The study focused on the impact of natural hazards and disasters on the agriculture sector and sub–sectors in developing countries. Major data gaps on the impact of natural hazards and disasters on the agriculture sectors in developing countries were found during the study.

Natural hazards and disasters in developing countries have affected more than 1.9 billion people and caused over US$494 billion in estimated damage between 2003 and 2013. Economic losses from natural disasters have tripled over the past decade, and continue to rise.

It has caused heavy cost on poor farmers who do not have insurance or the resources to rebuild their lives after floods and other natural calamities.

"Humanitarian aid and official development assistance to the agriculture sector is small and more investment is needed in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) to build resilient livelihoods and food production systems," the report has mentioned.

According to the World Bank, the intensity and frequency of natural disasters across the globe threaten to slow down the development of countries. Thus, it is important to know how we can prepare for natural disasters with proper emergency preparedness plan for less natural disasters damage.

We have developed several natural disasters early warning system which provides warnings of natural disasters before they impact people and property. However, in spite of all the capabilities for advance warnings, we are still quite poor at preparing for these natural disasters. 

The total death toll from natural disasters in 2014 was over 6,000, according to the Natural Disasters in Asia and the Pacific: 2014 Year in Review report, released by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

By 2015, on average over 375 million people per year are likely to be affected by natural disasters. This is over 50% more than have been affected in an average year during the last decades,  a 2009 Oxfam report has mentioned forecasting the natural disasters 2015 statistics.

The 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction (GAR15), launched by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) in early March this year estimated that an investment of US$6 billion annually in disaster risk management would result in avoided losses of US$360 billion over the next 15 years.

In these circumstances, the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, happening in Sendai, Japan from March 14, will adopt a new framework for disaster risk reduction for the coming 15 years.

Article Source:
FAO (2015). The Impact of Natural Hazards and Disasters on Agriculture and Food and Nutrition Security. Brochure prepared for the World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai, Japan, March 2015. Retrieved from: http://www.fao.org/3/a-i4434e.pdf

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Global Natural Disasters Map 2021

Map of Major Natural Disasters 2021 Above is the major natural disasters occurred in 2021 so far. The natural disaster map shows the occurrences of recent natural disasters 2021 including earthquake, floods, tsunami, wildfire, tornado, hurricane etc. The information in the map (google map) is manually entered by  Recent Natural Disasters . It includes facts, statistics, photos, videos and links to detail report on particular natural disasters. Click on the icon above and a message will pop up with data about the particular natural disasters. Use the magnifying glass with the plus sign (+) to zoom in, and the minus sign (-) to zoom out. Do you want this natural disaster map? Just paste HTML below to embed in your website. You can adjust width and height according to your site layout. All global natural disasters of 2021 will be shown automatically once the code is added. <b>Map of Major Natural Disasters 2021</b><iframe  height="

Tibet/Nepal earthquake 2013 injures people

At least two tremors have been felt in Kathmandu, Nepal in interval of about 10 minutes. Updates below Felt reports below in comment section. Feel free to add yours! Update time Nepali (+5:45 UTC) Report prepared by Ashish Khanal from Kathmandu, Nepal Related post: List of earthquakes in Nepal in 2013 Update 09:18 A.M. At least one people died and three others injured in China, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Further 17 others from three tourist buses were trapped by quake-triggered landslides in Yunnan Province of China. Update 07:25 A.M. According to the China Earthquake Networks Center, another earthquake in the morning (not to be confused with midnight Tibet/Nepal earthquake) had magnitude of 5.9 in the border of southwest China's Yunnan and Sichuan provinces. The quake was felt strongly in the county seat of Deqen, Xinhua reported. Earthquake also triggered landslides, which blocked the traffic from Deqen to Benzilan in China.   Update 06:15 A.M. According to t

Mauritius storm "Giovanna" now enters Madagascar

Disaster Report: Cyclone Giovanna Is Predicted To Grow To A CAT III, With Winds Between 178 To 210km/h. Landfall In Madagascar on February 13. Residents Of Madagascar Need To Prepare For Heavy Rainfall And Flooding                                              Want To Share!! Let Others Know                                           Fill this Disaster form or write in comment section below        Follow Disaster Report @ facebook ( Disaster Report ), twitter ( Disaster_Update ) and Google +( Disaster report )                              Keep This Page Open Or Visit Later To Get Update Report Recent Natural Disasters List Click for Cyclone Giovanna Madagascar tracker Kindly leave your comments below Get updates from Disaster Report @ facebook ( Disaster Report ), twitter ( Disaster_Update ) and Google + ( Disaster report ) Check Daily list Of Recent Natural Disasters Around The World With Detail Update Report. Click for Today's Natural Disasters List The

Extremely Dangerous Earthquake In Negros - Cebu Region, Philippines

Disaster Report: Very Strong Extremely Dangerous Earthquake Recorded In Philippines (Ayungon) Today. The epicenter is just  8 km E Malusay. Heavy Damage Confirmed.                                            Want To Share!! Let Others Know                                           Fill this Disaster form or write in comment section below        Follow Disaster Report @ facebook ( Disaster Report ), twitter ( Disaster_Update ) and Google +( Disaster report )                              Keep This Page Open Or Visit Later To Get Update Report Recent Natural Disasters List Featured Posts: (October 15, 2013) M 7.2 earthquake in Bohol kills hundreds (August 31, 2012) Magnitude 7.6 powerful quake in Philippine Islands: Tsunami warning issued, Click here Check Daily list Of Recent Natural Disasters Around The World With Detail Update Report. Click for Today's Natural Disasters List UPDATE February 12, 2012 -Three survivors found from the r

Natural Disasters List September 7, 2012-Eighty nine killed in China quake

Disaster Report: This natural disaster list covers important natural disasters in the world with detail update report. Want to submit a News tip or story idea? Click here Keep this page open or visit later to get update report. Check Worldwide Natural Disasters List + Detail Report Recent Natural Disasters Very strong earthquake in Yunnan, China -M 5.6 very strong earthquake in Sichuan-Yunnan-Guizhou Region, China (@ 10 km depth) with epicenter located just 8 km SSE of Jiaokui. Moderate to light shaking will have felt by the people of Zhaotong and Weining. People of Xunchang, Bijie, Yibin and Xichang will have felt weak shaking of MMI II-III (Image China news). Update 1 -Another 5.6 very strong earthquake in Sichuan-Yunnan-Guizhou Region, China after one hour with epicenter close to Jiaokui. Update 2 -Five killed and 20 other reported to be injured. -More than 20 000 houses damaged or collapsed. -The quakes also caused landslides and cut an electric power line in Yiliang.