FAO helps Pakistan to integrate disaster risk management in agriculture sector


Pakistan suffered a multitude of natural disasters each year, including floods, earthquakes, droughts, landslides and avalanches. With a 21 percent share of the national gross domestic product (GDP) and a 45 percent share of Pakistan’s total workforce, it is crucial that agriculture be able to prevent and mitigate the impact of disasters.

Therefore, a United Nations development agency “Food and Agricutlure Organization” FAO is teaming up with State and provincial authorities of Pakistan to support the country’s agriculture, among the sectors most affected.

The FAO, along with national, provincial, and regional level disaster management authorities and civil society organizations finalized the Institutional Assessment on integrating disaster risk management into Pakistan’s agricultural sector last week.
The study identified areas and measures that need to be strengthened in a series of workshops with key stakeholders across the country.

UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Deputy Representative in Pakistan Francisco Gamarro said of a recently finalized study on the issue that “This assessment is a key tool to further develop the capacity of the agriculture sector institutions to mainstream the disaster risk management, with a special focus on disaster risk reduction, in their planning and action”

Among the goals of the FAO, which seeks to achieve food security for all, is the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air and climate

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