Areas of work

FAO seeks to increase the resilience of livelihoods to threats and crises that affect agriculture, food and nutrition, focusing on three major areas:

  • natural hazards and related disasters such as floods, droughts and earthquakes
  • food chain threats caused by plant pests and diseases and animal diseases, as well as food safety threats such as radio nuclear contamination or avian flu
  • conflicts and protracted crises.

There are a number of threats within each major area of work with different types of risks and impact on the various sectors - agriculture, livestock, fisheries, aquaculture, forestry and natural resources.

FAO has a wide range of technical expertise and skills to help countries and communities to prevent and cope with these different areas of risks and shocks through normative guidance, technical standards and their implementation in the field. FAO resilience work feeds into global processes such as the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the One Health approach for food chain crises and the Committee on World Food Security's Agenda for Action for addressing food insecurity in protracted crises.

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