Asia-Pacific needs to focus on protecting agriculture from climate change
United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said that while climate change and extreme weather events are impacting the environment in many ways, agriculture and food production in Asia and the Pacific are among those hardest hit and must be first in line to defend.
This, as droughts, floods and other natural disasters are becoming more frequent in Asia and the Pacific, already the most disaster-prone region in the world.
FAO said, as cited by Far Eastern Agriculture, that when these disasters strike, their impact on food production can be immediate.
“Because of this, FAO is working with member nations, their farmers, academia, civil society and the private sector to improve ways to adapt to, and mitigate the effects of climate change and crises on the agriculture sector,” the report said.
About 200 participants and development partners from 28 countries in Asia and the Pacific has recently met in Hanoi at an FAO convened regional conference to chart the ways forward for the agriculture sector’s implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 to 2030.
The Sendai Framework calls for making disaster risk management integral to all development sectors.
This is critical to not only reduce disaster losses but also prevent and reduce risks, to adapt to climate change and achieve the world’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), FAO said.