FAO in Geneva

Second Global SIDS Solutions Dialogue: "Building agricultural resilience in SIDS Tuesday, 31 May 2022


Globally, Small Island Developing States (SIDS) represent over 66 percent of countries with the highest relative annual losses due to disasters. Due to their small economies and particular geography, SIDS are extremely vulnerable to disasters. This devastating trajectory for SIDS is set to continue in the years to come as climate change is making these disasters more frequent and intense.

FAO's support to SIDS includes integrating resilience building measures in agricultural development planning by developing capacities for disaster impact monitoring in agriculture, improving resilience and sustainability of agrifood systems and strengthening coherence between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation processes.

The Global SIDS Solutions Dialogue series is jointly organized by the FAO Liaison Offices in Brussels, Geneva, and New York, together with the FAO Office of SIDS, LDCs and LLDCs.

This second dialogue on the theme "Building agricultural resilience in SIDS: now more critical than ever - The importance of disaster risk reduction & food price monitoring", will present FAO’s approach to supporting SIDS to build the resilience of agricultural livelihoods and agrifood systems in the face of disasters and improve their ability to cope and recover. An overview of the impacts of the current global food prices situation on food security in SIDS will be presented.

When: Tuesday, 31 May 2022
Time: 14:00-15:30 (CET) / 08:00-09:30 (EST)

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Opening remarks by Ms Angélica Jácome, Director - FAO Office of SIDS, LDCs and LLDCs and H.E. Sujiro Seam, Ambassador for the Pacific - European Union

FAO's approach to building resilience in the face of crises and disasters by Mr Rein Paulsen, Director - FAO Office of Emergencies and Resilience

Panel discussion on disaster risk reduction and management of agricultural resilience building

Mr Thomas Nelson, Deputy Chief Fisheries Officer - Saint Lucia Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries

Dr Kira Paul, Permanent Secretary - Dominican Ministry of Blue and Green Economy, Agriculture and National Food Security

Mr José Luis Fernandez, FAO Representative in Haiti

Mr Viliami T. Manu, Chief Executive Officer - Tonga Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry

Update on the implications of the current global situation for the SIDS' food security and nutrition by Mr Boubaker Ben Belhassen, Director - FAO Markets and Trade Division