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Building Agricultural Resilience to Natural Hazard-induced Disasters

Insights from Country Case Studies

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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.

English Also available in: Italian

Building agricultural resilience to typhoons and heavy rain in Japan

Agricultural producers in Japan have significant experience in managing the risk of natural hazard-induced disasters (NHID), but recent large-scale typhoons and heavy rain events have highlighted the importance of increasing the sector’s resilience to NHID. The chapter explores current good practices that already build the resilience of Japan’s agricultural sector to typhoons and heavy rain – and NHID more broadly – at each stage of the disaster risk management cycle, and identifies further opportunities that would better position the sector to prepare for, mitigate and manage the risks of more frequent and intense typhoons and heavy rains.

English Also available in: Italian

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