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Building Agricultural Resilience to Natural Hazard-induced Disasters

Insights from Country Case Studies

Natural hazard-induced disasters (NHID), such as floods, droughts, severe storms, and animal pests and diseases have significant, widespread and long-lasting impacts on agricultural sectors around the world. With climate change set to amplify many of these impacts, a “business-as-usual” approach to disaster risk management in agriculture cannot continue if we are to meet the challenges of agricultural productivity and sustainability growth, and sustainable development. Drawing from seven case studies – Chile, Italy, Japan, Namibia, New Zealand, Turkey and the United States – this joint OECD-FAO report argues for a new approach to building resilience to NHID in agriculture. It explores the policy measures, governance arrangements, on-farm strategies and other initiatives that countries are using to increase agricultural resilience to NHID, highlighting emerging good practices. It offers concrete recommendations on what more needs to be done to shift from coping with the impacts of disasters, to an ex ante approach that focuses on preventing and mitigating the impacts of disasters, helping the sector be better prepared to respond to disasters, and to adapt and transform in order to be better positioned for future disasters.

Published on June 08, 2021

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Acronyms
Executive Summary
Introduction
The case for building agricultural resilience
Principles for effective disaster risk management for agricultural resilience
Insights from country case studies for building agricultural resilience to natural hazard-induced disasters
Building agriculture resilience to climate risks in Chile
Building agricultural resilience to drought in Italy
Building agricultural resilience to typhoons and heavy rain in Japan
Building agricultural resilience to animal pests and diseases in Namibia
Building agricultural resilience to floods in New Zealand
Building agricultural resilience to drought in Turkey
Building agricultural resilience to extreme floods in the United States
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