Statistiques de l’alimentation et de l’agriculture

High-level Virtual Launch "The impact of disasters and crises on agriculture and food security 2021”


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

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

Thursday 18 March 2021 12:00-14:00 CET, Zoom

Register here




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 launch event will be conducted in English with simultaneous interpretation into the five UN official languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish).