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March 2008
Disaster Risk Management Systems Analysis
A guide book

This Guide provides a set of tools to assess existing structures and capacities of national, district and local institutions with responsibilities for Disaster Risk Management (DRM) in order to improve the effectiveness of DRM systems and the integration of DRM concerns into development planning, with particular reference to disaster-prone areas and vulnerable sectors and population groups. The strategic use of the Guide is expected to enhance understanding of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing existing DRM institutional structures and their implications for on-going institutional change processes. It will also highlight the complex institutional linkages among various actors and sectors at different levels. Finally, it will help identify gaps within the existing DRM institutions and/or systems including sectoral line agencies that are often responsible for implementing the technical aspects of DRM (e.g. agriculture, water and health sectors). The assessment and analysis process outlined in the Guide is thus a first step towards strengthening existing DRM systems. The major areas of application are: - Strengthening institutional and technical capacities for DRM at national and/or decentralized levels; - Integrating key aspects of DRM in emergency rehabilitation programmes; - Designing and promoting Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM); - Operationalizing the paradigm shift from ...

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March 2008
EBRD and FAO call for bold steps to contain soaring food prices
Moves needed now to unlock unused agricultural potential in Eastern Europe

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March 2008
Climate change a further challenge for gender equity
How men and women farmers are differently affected

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March 2008
Good practices for hazard risk management in agriculture -
Haïti final report. Assistance in improving local preparation for agricultural emergencies for Caribbean countries at risk for cyclones and other natural disasters

This pilot project was designed to respond to the need to build the capacity of farmers in preparing for agricultural disasters in Caribbean countries heavily exposed to natural disasters associated with hurricanes. The project began in February 2006 and its objectives were to assist countries participating in improving their food security situation in the most severely affected regions and to improve technical capacity of agricultural workers and their level of preparedness for facing hurricane-related disasters, as well as their ability to assist in post-emergency agricultural development.

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March 2008
Agriculture in the Near East likely to suffer from climate change
The hungry and poor will be mostly affected – FAO meeting debates impact on the region

Agriculture in the Near East is likely to suffer losses because of high temperature, droughts, floods and soil degradation threatening the food security of many countries, FAO said today.

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