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Invitation for the launch event: The impact of disasters and crises on agriculture and food security, 2021


Understanding and managing disaster risks in global agriculture: Better data for ambitious action

A high-level symposium to launch the 2021 edition of FAO’s report, The impact of disasters and crises on agriculture and food security

Thursday 18 March 2021

12:00-14:00 CET, Zoom

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With the participation of:

QU Dongyu

Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Mami Mizutori

Assistant Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

              Philippe Besson

Head of Multilateral Division, Swiss Humanitarian Aid at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)

Kimio Takeya

Distinguished Technical Advisor to the President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)

Maximo Torero

Chief Economist, FAO

Disasters impacts in agriculture threaten all three pillars of sustainable development: social, environmental, economic. As the frequency and intensity of hazards increases, the urgency of action and investment to address disaster risks in the agricultural sector in a holistic manner cannot be ignored. We have just 10 years to the 2030 finish line of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

The upcoming 2021 edition of the report analyses the latest data to make a powerful case for investing in resilience and disaster risk reduction – especially data gathering and analysis for evidence-informed action – to ensure agriculture’s crucial role in achieving the future we want.

It presents the most recent trends in agricultural production loss attributed to disasters across all agricultural sectors, covers new ground by translating economic losses into nutritional terms, provides elements allowing to  analyse the impact of COVID-19, and explores innovations that are changing the way we study and respond to natural hazards.

An open Q&A session at the end of the event will allow participants to engage with panellists and FAO experts.

The working language will be English with interpretation in all 5 other UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).

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