The impact of disasters on agriculture and food security 2023: avoiding and reducing losses through investment in resilience

  • 13/10/2023
  • FAO

Over the last 30 years, an estimated $3.8 trillion worth of crops and livestock production has been lost due to disaster events, corresponding to an average loss of $123 billion per year or 5 percent of annual global agricultural gross domestic product (GDP), according to this new report released by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). A new FAO flagship report entitled "The impact of disasters on agriculture and food security" brings the first-ever global estimation of the impact of disasters on agricultural production focused on crops and livestock. It also notes that the figure may be higher if systematic data on losses in the fisheries and aquaculture and forestry subsectors were available. The report stresses the need for urgently improving data and information on the impact of disasters on all subsectors of agriculture to create data systems that can serve as the foundation upon which effective action can be built and informed.