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The impact of disasters and crises on agriculture and food security

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) launch report on the impact of disasters and crises on agriculture and food security.
According to the new FAO report, between 2005 and 2015 natural disasters cost the agricultural sectors of developing country economies a staggering $96 billion in damaged or lost crop and livestock production.

Half of that damage, $48 billion worth, occurred in Asia, says the report. Drought – which recently has battered farmers in all corners of the globe, North, South, East and West – was one of the leading culprits. Eighty-three percent of all drought-caused economic losses documented by the study were absorbed by agriculture, with a price tag of $29 billion.

Access the report here.