Studies show that a dollar invested today in disaster risk reduction saves four or more dollars in the future cost of relief and rehabilitation. Copyright: WFP
In Geneva for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, WFP’s Carlo Scaramella talks about the link between natural disasters and the fight against hunger. According to Scaramella, around half of all the work WFP does is in response to natural disasters and the effects of climate change.
GENEVA—As an agency which assists people affected by natural disasters, WFP has a vested interest in helping to curb the risks calamities pose for the world’s poorest, says Carlo Scaramella, WFP's Disaster Risk Reducation and Climate Change Coordinator.
This "vested interest" is why Scaramella and other WFP experts have been in Geneva this week for the Global Platform. "We want to make our contribution.This is the place where people who make decisions about disaster risk reduction convene to share information and knowledge.”
“Natural hazards are one of the main factors that can exacerbate household food insecurity,” Scaramella added. “Over 50 per cent of WFP’s operations are in some way related to the effects of these disasters.”
WFP has been responding to emergency and disaster situations since it opened its doors. In recent years, many of these situations have been attributed to climate change.