Residents of rural areas are the main victims of extreme weather events and natural disasters. In developing countries, the agricultural sector accounts for 26 percent of the total economic damage and losses caused by droughts, hurricanes, floods and other natural disasters.
Small farmers, who provide more than 70 percent of world food needs, are most affected by extreme weather events. Under the auspices of the FAO, a disaster mitigation strategy for agriculture and adaptation has been developed.
This week, this strategy is discussed at a regional seminar in Kiev. More than 30 experts from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia and Moldova arrived in the Ukrainian capital to participate in it. They share their experience in collecting and assessing data on losses from natural disasters.
At the seminar, representatives of state statistical services, ministries of agriculture, fisheries and forestry developed a draft regional roadmap for disaster risk reduction for agriculture.