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Toward multi-hazard early warning systems for agri-food systems: challenges and opportunities


Date & Time: 3 october 2022 |13:00 – 14:30 hours (CEST)

The International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction (IDDRR), annually celebrated on 13 October since 2009, promotes global awareness about the prevention and reduction of disaster risk and disaster losses in lives, livelihoods as well as in the economic, physical, social, cultural and environmental spheres. It provides an opportunity to acknowledge the progress that has been made as well as to identify lessons learned and good practices to further reduce disaster risk and losses. As the number of natural hazard-induced disasters, and in particular the extreme events, has increased sharply in the first two decades of the 21st century as compared to the previous three decades, this trend is expected to escalate in the future driven by climate change, among other factors. In order to adequately address these new challenges, it is of utmost importance to strengthen countries’ and communities’ existing disaster and climate risk reduction and management capacities.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), marks the 2022 IDDRR by organizing an event to showcase FAO’s and partners’ commitment, efforts and good practices in promoting and developing multi-hazard early warning systems and how to best synergize the existing sector-specific early warning systems with other systems to ensure holistic, timely, and impact-oriented alerts linked to anticipatory actions ahead of shocks to save and protect people’s lives, food security, agricultural livelihoods activities. 

Specifically, the event will feature the scope and efforts of FAO’s and partners’ existing global, regional and national EWS to enable anticipatory action against global, transboundary and national threats to agriculture and food security, such as  drought, floods, landslides, animal and plant pests and diseases, and how synergies between these systems can be generated to help risk-inform the design, formulation, implementation and monitoring of disaster risk reduction and management policies, planning and actions. The event will also present the highlight of the Words-into-Action (WiA) Guide for Multi-Hazard Early Warning Systems jointly developed by the UN system and partners.

Objectives of the event:

  • Highlight the importance of multi-hazard early warning systems and disaster risk information and assessments in the prevention, mitigation, and management of compounding and cascading risks.
  • Share experiences, challenges, and lessons learned on the development of multi-hazard early warning systems, the integration of existing single hazard early warning systems, and disaster risk information and assessments from multiple countries and regions where FAO and partners operate and explore avenues for progress in a multi-hazard perspective.
  • Identify pathways for scaling up existing support from FAO, WMO, UNDRR and partners to enable countries to setup, apply, and manage multi-hazard early warning systems for agri-food systems and disaster risk information and assessments (at the regional/national/subnational level).


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - Headquarters

United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

World Meteorological Organization


Please be informed that all webinar resources including the recording of the event; Key takeaway messages; event summary; event concept note; event flyer; panelist presentations; and panelist biographies are available on the event webpage.   

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