Recommended reads ahead of the Food Systems Summit – Action Area: Build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stress


The Action Area “Build resilience to vulnerabilities, shocks and stress” seeks to ensure the continued functionality of sustainable food systems in areas that are prone to conflict, economic shocks or natural disasters.

Ahead of the Food Systems Summit, browse a list of FAO publications related to this Action Area.

Multi-risk crisis management approach-related publications

United Nations Common Guidance on Helping Build Resilient Societies
FAO has been supporting the development and finalization of the interagency UN Common Guidance on Resilience which is a multi-system or sector, multi-risk, multi-actor approach which is essential for delivering the SDGs. It has been endorsed by the UN Deputy Secretary General and will published soon. The UN Resilience Guidance is fully based on and in line with FAO Resilience strategy for the agrifood systems. A knowledge sharing and learning dissemination package is being rolled out facilitated by UNDP together with FAO as part of the interagency reference group.

The impact of disasters and crises on agriculture and food security: 2021
This edition looks at disasters and crises that impact agriculture across all subsectors, including crops, livestock, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, presenting FAO’s updated methodology for calculating damage and loss in agriculture. 

Building agricultural resilience to natural hazard-induced disasters – Insights from country case studies
This report argues for a shift from coping with the impacts of disasters to an ex-ante approach that focuses on prevention, mitigation and recovery. It recommends that governments provide consistent information and training for farmers to cope with natural hazard risks.

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2017 – Building resilience for peace and food security
This report highlights that climate-related shocks and conflicts can seriously affect food security and are a cause of much of the increase in situations of severe food crisis, famines, hunger and undernutrition in the last decade.

FAO’s work with Small Island Developing States – Transforming food systems, sustaining small islands
This publication highlights the current challenges, opportunities and FAO examples in action to catalyse change, including activities to help implement the Global Action Programme on Food Security and Nutrition in Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

Agricultural trade & policy responses during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020
This report reviews short-term changes in agricultural trade patterns and policies that countries have adopted in response to the pandemic, including export restriction measures and lowering of import barriers.

Digital finance and inclusion in the time of COVID-19: lessons, experiences and proposals
This study examines how the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated financial digitalization in low- and middle-income countries. It showcases measures adopted by policy makers, such as fostering the use of digital payments and the transition to fully digital remittances.

Small Island Developing States Response to COVID-19: Highlighting food security, nutrition and sustainable food systems
This brief examines some of the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on the food systems of SIDS, as well as rapid response measures, including a strong role for local governments in coordinating responses and opportunities for digitization within the agriculture sector, e-commerce and mobile banking.

Global Report on Food Crises 2021
This report reveals that at least 155 million people experienced acute food insecurity at Crisis or worse levels (IPC/CH Phase 3-5) across 55 countries/territories in 2020. The key drivers behind the rising acute food insecurity included conflict, economic shocks and weather extremes.

Monitoring food security in countries with conflict situations – A joint FAO/WFP update for the members of the United Nations Security Council – April 2021. Issue no. 8
This issue provides an update on the acute food insecurity situation in nineteen countries and territories. It spotlights the situation in Burkina Faso, northern Nigeria, and South Sudan, where humanitarian to food insecure populations are constrained.

Climate resilience-related publications

Climate resilient practices – Typology and guiding material for climate risk screening
This publication outlines good climate resilient practices in agricultural sub-sectors, including crops, livestock, forestry and fisheries. Its aim is to assist project developers in the identification of climate risks during the early stages of the investment project cycle.

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 – Building climate resilience for food security and nutrition
This publication finds that climate change and shocks are among the key drivers behind the uprise in global hunger and in severe food crises. Climate change is undermining all dimensions of food security – food availability, access, utilization and stability. 

Migration-related publications

The State of Food and Agriculture 2018 – Migration, agriculture and rural development
This report analyses migratory flows and how they are linked to processes of economic development, demographic change, and natural-resource pressure. The focus is on rural migration, the many forms it takes and the important role it plays in both developing and developed countries.

FAO Migration Framework – Migration as a choice and an opportunity for rural development
The FAO Migration Framework guides the Organization in carrying out its work on migration at global, regional and country levels. It aims to ensure greater coordination between technical units and decentralized offices, and strengthen coherence and synergies across the Organization. 

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