FAO's work on protecting, saving & restoring agricultural livelihoods

May 2016

Today, there are 795 million hungry people in the world. Food is a basic human right, yet this right is violated every day. The magnitude and impact of crises and disasters is increasing. The poorest and hungry are less able to absorb, recover and adapt. 75 % of the poorest populations rely on agriculture for their food and income. Livelihoods that depend on agriculture are on the front line of protracted crises, food chain emergencies and natural hazards and climate-related disasters. When a climate-related disaster strikes, 25 % of the total damage and losses are absorbed by the agriculture sector.

Protecting, saving & restoring agricultural livelihoods is central to FAO’s work around the world. We must take action in 4 areas: govern crises and disaster risk, early warning for early action, reduce community vulnerability, and prepare and respond. We must take action at all levels: local, national, regional, and global.

Building resilience bridges short-term humanitarian aid and long-term development interventions. Building resilience brings together risk reduction and crisis management. It must work across all sectors of agriculture: livestock, fisheries, forestry. To achieve Zero Hunger, we need to ensure access to food, conserve natural resources, and slow the pace of climate change. With resilient livelihoods, we can eradicate hunger, for present and future generations.