Drought risk management in agriculture: institutional changes, adaptation in farming practices and education

Raffaele Giordano, Fons Jaspers, Jos Timmerman, Hans Jørgen Henriksen, Peter van der Keur

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It is more difficult to detect the emergence of droughts compared with other natural hazards because of the unique characteristics of drought: its slow onset, the absence of a universally accepted definition for drought, and its non-structural impacts. In addition, it is more difficult to assess drought impacts in various sectors because the impacts can be regional or local. Furthermore, droughts may linger for a long time (a year or more), or just last for a very short time (several weeks). These characteristics hamper the adoption of appropriate drought risk management approaches. The international community has recognized the importance of shifting from crisis management toward a more risk-oriented approach. This requires a
deep understanding of the full range of drought impacts and their main causes. Acting on the latter, drought risk management strategies should aim to reduce socio-ecological vulnerability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationA best practices notebook for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation
Subtitle of host publicationGuidance and insights for policy and practice from the CATALYST project
EditorsMatt Hare, Caroline van Bers, Jaroslav Mysiak
Place of PublicationTrieste
PublisherTWAS The World Academy of Sciences
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 2: Water Resources


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