Increasing the Resilience of Agricultural Livelihoods

Increasing the Resilience of Agricultural Livelihoods
May 2016

Due to the growing world population, it is estimated that global food production will need to increase by 60 percent to feed over 9.5 billion people by 2050. Worldwide, the livelihood of 2.5 billion people depend on agriculture. These small-scale farmers, herders, fishers and forest-dependent communities generate more than half of the global agricultural production and are particularly at risk from disasters that destroy or damage harvests, equipment, supplies, livestock, seeds, crops and stored food.

Disasters and crises don’t just have immediate, short-term effects – they undermine livelihoods and national development gains that have taken years to build. As the agnitude and impact of crises and disasters increases – aggravated by the overexploitation of natural resources – more and more households, communities and governments of developing countries are less able to absorb, recover and adapt, making them more vulnerable to future shocks.