FAO provides technical expertise in Post-Disaster Needs Assessment training

FAO provides technical expertise in Post-Disaster Needs Assessment training


For eight years FAO has supported Post-Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNAs) at national, regional and subregional levels. Most recently, the Organization has provided technical expertise during a global 2014-2016 PDNA Roll-Out Plan which aims to strengthen national capacity for effective recovery efforts.

The PDNA tool was developed as a result of a 2008 declaration from the EU, UNDG and World Bank, which supports collaboration for developing a common approach to assessing, planning and mobilizing support for disaster recovery.

The PDNA gathers and analyses information on the socio-economic effects and impacts of a disaster, and identifies recovery needs. It is a government-led exercise, with integrated support from the United Nations, European Commission, World Bank and other national and international actors. The PDNA approach encompasses two perspectives: the valuation of physical damages and economic losses, and the identification of human recovery needs. These perspectives are integrated into a single assessment process to support the identification and development of a national recovery framework.

FAO’s experts ensure leadership in the agriculture sector portion of the PDNA training, which includes components on crops, livestock, fishery/aquaculture and forestry. Training contents are based on the specific sectoral guidelines available here. Since December 2015, FAO has trained more than 320 stakeholders in nine countries. Regional trainings involving a total of 181 trainees have been held in Kenya, Nigeria, Panama, Senegal, Sri Lanka and Turkey. National trainings involving a total of 161 trainees have been held in Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, El Salvador and the Niger.

A new component, the Disaster Response Framework, has recently been added to the PDNA training programme, reinforcing FAO’s contribution towards better preparedness and response in disaster situations. This framework provides guidance on how disaster recovery can be envisioned, fiananced, implemented and monitored.  It also supports the planning and prioritization of recovery actions.

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