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It s time to shift to proactive drought management policy: FAO

The UN body Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on Wednesday pitched for shifting from reactive to proactive drought management in order to protect both people and the environment from the impacts of this slow-onset disaster. This is one of the key messages in a report, titled Drought Preparedness , presented by the FAO at 14th Conference of the Parties (COP 14) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) being held at Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The FAO said desertification, land degradation and drought are damaging food production throughout the world. This year s edition of FAO s State of Food Insecurity in the World report indicates that the number of undernourished people in drought-sensitive countries has increased 45.6 per cent since 2012, and that overall, hunger is on the rise -- particularly in drought-prone areas. It is time to change drought approaches from crisis to risk management, based on prediction, planning and preparedness, FAO s Land and Water

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