FAO emergencies and resilience

Anticipatory Action


FAO is forging a way for a faster, more effective humanitarian system by shifting from disaster response to anticipation.

Anticipatory action is changing the way we manage disasters. Acting ahead of crises means protecting people's lives and livelihoods with benefits that reach far into the future.

Disasters are predictable. Thanks to technological advances, early warning information is more accurate and readily available than ever before. The FAO anticipatory action approach uses risk analysis and forecasts to trigger interventions before a crisis escalates into a humanitarian emergency. This is particularly critical in the agriculture sector. For small-scale farmers, heeding early warning signals can make the difference between a shock and a crisis.

El Niño: FAO’s updated Anticipatory Action and Response Plan urgently requires $160 million to support over 4.8 million people through March 2024

Prioritized actions in 34 countries across Eastern and Southern Africa, Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Anticipatory action...in action in Viet Nam

The race to mitigate the impact of Typhoon Noru on lives and livelihoods

FAO and UK launch anticipatory action to reduce El Niño’s impact on at-risk communities in Somalia

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the British Embassy Mogadishu (BEM) have launched an Anticipatory Action and Preparedness...

Social protection and anticipatory action to protect agricultural livelihoods

As the quality of climate risk information and scientific forecasting has continued to improve, the imperative to act in advance of an imminent shock...

Safeguarding agricultural livelihoods and food security by scaling up Anticipatory Actions

The intensity and frequency of natural hazards and conflicts is increasing, leaving unprecedented levels of humanitarian needs.

Kenya: Germany’s contribution through the Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities (SFERA) – Anticipatory Action window

From late 2020 to early 2023, Kenya experienced a severe and prolonged drought, causing consecutive harvests to fail. Millions of animals died, which...

How FAO’s Anticipatory Actions protect rural livelihoods in the Niger

In 2022, severe floods hit the Niger causing crop and livestock losses and the destruction of cultivated land.