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Abdul Rob, a shrimp farmer, fishes beside an embankment where thousands took shelter after flooding in Bangladesh. Photo: ©FAO/Saikat Mojumder

Acting ahead of crises should become the new normal

10/09/2021

FAO aims to protect vulnerable populations from disasters before they strike

As Bangladeshi communities watched the waters of the Jamuna River rise on July 2020, the UN was rapidly allocating $5 million in relief funds to protect them from the inevitable impact of flooding. The process took less than four hours and would become the fastest release of humanitarian funds in UN history. That experience is one of the reasons why government ministers and UN agencies were meeting in New York on 9 September for the first event of its kind, to commit to acting ahead of crises.

FAO has been at the forefront of this new approach to disasters. In this Q&A, Dunja Dujanovic, FAO's Team Leader for Early Warning Early Action, explains why FAO is calling for anticipatory action to support communities that face increasingly frequent hazards.

Why has the UN convened this high level event?

Study after study that FAO has done has shown that communities gain far more from our investment if we don't wait for them to lose everything before we help. But it requires collective commitment to move the system as a whole in this direction. That's what we hope to achieve with this first-ever high-level meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

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