Watch to safeguard

FAO supports countries in regular information and early warning against potential, known and emerging threats.

For their livelihoods to be resilient against threats and crises, people need to be informed in order to ward off, counteract, prepare and cope with imminent threats affecting agriculture, livestock, fisheries and forestry such as a drought that minimizes crop yields or exhausts water sources for animals.

FAO provides a wide range of support and tools (like RIMA) to help countries monitor, detect, forecast risks and, when necessary, issue alerts on impending hazards (whether natural or human-made). Early warning alerts help governments and organizations mobilize and act early to prevent humanitarian disasters, such as widespread famine or massive population displacements. At the community level, these systems advise farmers, herders, fishers and foresters on the likelihood of a threat and how to reduce their potential impacts.

FAO also develops tools and promotes common approaches and standards for analysing and informing on the structural causes of food and nutrition crises. Informing stakeholders and building consensus on the severity of food insecurity is vital, particularly in crisis situations. In-depth and regular information and analysis of food security vulnerability and resilience help countries to make better decisions and apply measures to protect and enhance their livelihoods.

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