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Agricultural Sector Hit Hard By Natural Disasters, Receives Small Percentage Of Resulting Aid, FAO Report Says

News outlets discuss a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization examining how natural disasters affect agriculture and food security.

BBC News: U.N. report: Agriculture bears brunt of natural disasters
“Farmers in developing nations bear the ‘major brunt’ of natural disasters yet only receive a small percentage of post-disaster aid, says a U.N. report…” (Kinver, 3/16).

The Guardian: Farming absorbs 22% of cost of disasters in developing countries
“Nearly a quarter of the damages caused by natural disasters in the developing world affect the agricultural sector, exacting a heavy cost on poor farmers who do not have insurance or the resources to rebuild their lives after floods, droughts, or other extreme events, the U.N.’s Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) has said…” (Chonghaile, 3/16).

Reuters: Poor farmers bear heavy burden from increased natural disasters
“…Asia was the worst affected region with $28 billion in losses, followed by Africa’s $26 billion, said the study which analyzed data from 78 disasters in 48 developing countries. … Only 4.5 percent of post-disaster humanitarian aid between 2003 and 2013 targeted agriculture, the study said…” (Arsenault, 3/16).

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