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FAO-Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) and the Climate and Environment Division (CBC) have developed an “Agricultural Stress Index System” (ASIS) for detecting agricultural areas with a high likelihood of water stress (drought) on a global scale using remote sensing data with the technical assistance and advice from the Flemish Institut…
This paper evaluates the impact of the 2015 El Niño-induced drought on household consumption in Ethiopia. A Difference-in-Difference method was used to compare consumption changes over time in a group unaffected by the drought to the changes in a group affected by the drought. Using household-level consumption aggregate data from the Ethiopian Socioecon…
Given the agricultural sector's economic and environmental significance, it is of paramount importance to continue enhancing capacities for disaster risk reduction (DRR) in the agriculture sector, across local, sub-national, national and regional levels, and with the active participation of smallholder farmers. Complementary planning processes on DRR, c…
As Costa Rica forms part of Central America, it is highly vulnerable to disasters. These tend to have a bigger impact in rural areas, where they cause considerable damage and losses to agricultural production systems. Animal production is strategically important for the country, a dominant activity in rural areas and an important source of employment. I…
The high risk emanating from the increasing number of cyber attacks on critical infrastructure systems at national or local level is only now beginning to be understood. The cascading effect of that risk beyond the system under attack into allied and interconnected fields can be even more devastating, creating chaos to major economic, food and health sy…
Volcanic ash is an excellent archetype of an ‘extensive hazard’. Ash fall occurs frequently and intermittently during volcanic eruptions, and populations in close proximity to persistently-active volcanoes report ash impacts and distribution that have complex spatial patterns. This is reflected in high-resolution modelling of ash dispersion that integra…
Brazil is not an exception to the increasing frequency and intensity of droughts in several countries. However, assessing the spatial and temporal identification of drought episodes is an extremely complex process. Drought indices are particularly useful for characterizing water deficit, as well as for monitoring the impact of climate variability on nat…
Effective social protection is critical to reduce vulnerability and support timely recovery. However, to date, national systems have been too underdeveloped or not flexible enough to allow them to expand before or during emergencies. Despite these shortcomings, many countries in Asia-Pacific are relying on social protection mechanisms to respond to and…
Resilience can be created anywhere - even at the kitchen table. In the documentary “Tsunami Ladies”, producers Emiliano Rodríguez Nuesch and Víctor Orellana show how the women fed neighbors and helped revive their local economies after the tsunamis that hit Chile in 2010 and Japan the following year