Disasters causing billions - with drought leading the way

ITALY - Natural disasters are costing farmers in the developing world billions of dollars each year, with drought emerging as the most destructive in a crowded field of threats that also includes floods, forest fires, storms, plant pests, animal diseases outbreaks, chemical spills and toxic algal blooms.

According to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), between 2005 and 2015 natural disasters cost the agricultural sectors of developing country economies a staggering $96 billion in damaged or lost crop and livestock production. Half of that damage — $48 billion worth — occurred in Asia, says the report, which was launched today at a conference in Hanoi convened by Vietnam's government in collaboration with FAO.

Drought — which recently has battered farmers in all corners of the globe, North, South, East and West — was one of the leading culprits. Eighty-three percent of all drought-caused economic losses documented by FAO's study were absorbed by agriculture, with a price tag of $29 billion. But the report also details how multiple other threats are taking a heavy toll on food production, food security, and people's livelihoods.

"The agriculture sectors — which includes crop and livestock production as well as forestry, fisheries and aquaculture — face many risks, such as climate and market volatility, pests and diseases, extreme weather events, and an ever-increasing number of protracted crises and conflicts," said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.

Our comment

This drought situation appears to be occurring right around the world, and is way under-reported in the mainstream media. The nations affected will have to buy in food on the world market to survive. This will push prices up – dramatically. This is an end time problem!

In Matthew 24, Christ reveals end time conditions just prior to His return.

“For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.” (Matthew 24:7)

Drought is a major cause of famine, and right now drought exists around the world. This drought is causing reduced crops – which in turn, will lead to higher prices.

“And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny.” (Revelation 6:6)

Back at the time of Christ, a penny was a labourer’s pay for the day. This would seem to indicate that a day’s supply of food would cost a day’s wages.

And it’s not just drought! Reduced food production can be caused by too much rain, floods... and also insect attack!

“I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.” (Amos 4:9)

Blasting due to drought – mildew due to floods. Both destroy crops! While most of Europe is in a drought condition, France is losing crops due to too much rain!

God's people must remain spiritually alert as we witness this situation develop!

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