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Natural disasters cause losses of US$123 billion a year, according to FAO

Natural disasters cause losses of US$123 billion a year, according to FAO

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) reported that environmental disasters have caused losses in the world’s agricultural and livestock production worth US$3.8 trillion, which represents a loss of US$123,000 million per year. This is equivalent to 5% of all world production.

The report highlights that the largest losses occurred in Asia, followed by America, Europe, Africa and Oceania.

Furthermore, the situation is aggravated by regional differences in food loss, which reaches 20% in sub-Saharan Africa and just 9% in Europe and North America.

Healthy diet cost

The FAO It also points out that the cost of following a healthy diet has increased 4.3% in 2021 compared to 2020, reaching an average of US$3.66 per person per day in purchasing power parity.

The study also warns that 42% of people in the world, that is, approximately 3.1 billion, could not afford a healthy diet during that year.

Likewise, the percentage of citizens employed in agriculture has fallen to 27% of the global workforce, some 873 million, well below the 1,027 million, 40%, who worked in the sector in 2000.

Even so, the global added value generated by agriculture, forestry and fisheries grew by 84% in real terms between 2000 and 2021reaching US$3.7 trillion in 2021.

Source: Larepublica

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