26 November 2015, Rome--- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has just launched a report which sites that nearly a quarter of damages wrought by natural disasters on the developing world are borne by the agricultural sector. This study is based on an analysis of 78 post disaster assessments that were conducted in developing countries in Africa, Asia and Pacific, as well as Latin America and the Caribbean between 2003 and 2013.
22 percent of the total cost of natural disasters is absorbed by the agricultural sector and for climate related disasters, the figures rises to 25 percent. Dominique Burgeon explains that Asia and Africa are paying the heaviest price for natural disasters, which over the last decade have increased in number, intensity and frequency. He then points out how agriculture is not receiving enough attention, concerning both humanitarian response and financing for risk reduction. Yet, one dollar invested in disaster risk reduction can save up to 15 dollars when it comes to actual response to natural disasters.
The Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management is a voluntary instrument to improve the management of pesticides. It was adopted in 1985 and revised in 2013. The Code has now been adopted by WHO, and a Panel of FAO and WHO experts has prepared specific guidelines for all its main sections - pesticide legislation, labelling, pesticide registration, advertisement, etc. - addressing both agricultural and public health. Harry Van der Wulp explains how the guidelines on pesticide legislation have been updated to emphasize that pesticide management stretches beyond agriculture and also involves ministries of health and environment. In the past, concerns (...)
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