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Disasters in last 30 years have caused losses of $3.8 trillion in crops and livestock

  • Natural and man-made disasters have caused $3.8 trillion in crop and livestock losses over 30 years, with floods, droughts, insect infestations, storms, disease, and war being major contributors. The frequency and impact of these disasters on food production are increasing, posing a significant risk to global agriculture.
  • Both developing countries and regions like the Horn of Africa and island nations are disproportionately affected by agricultural losses caused by disasters. Women, in particular, face resource and structural constraints that make them more vulnerable. Lack of sufficient data hinders calculations of losses to fishing and forest production.
  • Despite the increasing frequency and intensity of disasters, there are practices that can enhance the resilience of agricultural systems, such as using different plant varieties, soil preparation methods, and warning systems. Early warning systems can provide valuable time to effectively respond to threats like pest invasions. Prevention measures also prove cost-effective.
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