Poor Farmers Bear Heavy Burden From Increased Natural Disasters

A U.N. study said on Tuesday, economic losses due to natural disasters have tripled over the past decade, with farmers bearing nearly a quarter of the burden in poor countries. Floods, droughts, storms and other natural disasters cost the agricultural sector in developing countries $70 billion in damages between 2003 and 2013, said the study by the Food and Agriculture Organisation released during an international conference on reducing disaster risk in Sendai, Japan.