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Saving Livelihoods Saves Lives 2018

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This publication highlights some of FAO’s achievements over the past year and identifies pathways to build resilient agriculture-based livelihoods and food systems. The report stresses that humanitarian assistance alone is not enough to win the battle against acute hunger. In 2018, FAO’s work ranged from immediate humanitarian response to protect lives and livelihoods in some of the most complex contexts in the world, including South Sudan and Yemen, to addressing the vulnerability of pastoral populations and facilitating the development of livestock feed balances in the Horn of Africa, among many other areas of action. The report concludes that there is a need for more effective collaboration across sectors, using a systems approach to address the multiple drivers of fragility and vulnerability and deliver more inclusive, holistic, resilient, and sustainable solutions. This means bringing together work on peace and security, human rights, social protection, gender equality and equitable access to land.

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Reducing risks and addressing vulnerabilities

Disasters and crises do not just have immediate, short-term effects on people’s lives and livelihoods. They can destroy livelihoods that have taken generations to build. Decades of marginalization and environmental degradation, exacerbated by recurrent shocks driven by climate change and conflict undermine people’s ability to cope with the next stressor, for example turning a dry spell into a major humanitarian crisis.

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