Promoting action to build resilient and sustainable island communities

SAIS Energy, Resources and Environment Program presented “DISASTER STRIKES AGAIN: AGRICULTURE RESILIENCY IN THE FACE OF CLIMATE SHOCKS..."

Washington D.C., 29th March 2019 — GLISPA Exec Director, Kate Brown along with Celeste Connors from Hawaii Green Growth (GLISPA Member) attended the event “Disaster Strikes Again: Agriculture Resiliency in the Face of Climate Shocks” as part of the panel discussion which followed the presentation by the Swiss Re Practicum.

Whilst Celeste Connors moderated the panel, Serena Sowers (VP Global Partnerships, Swiss Re), Dr. Ashley Hungerford (Economist, Office of Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Agriculture), Tahseen Sayed (Country Director for CAribbean Countries, World Bank) and Kate Brown (Executive Director, Global Island Partnership) formed the panel at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

The panel was a great example for diversity and female integration. It was associated with a practicum report prepared for Swiss Re by graduate students who focussed on the economic impacts of climate shocks in agriculture dependent communities and how farmers, local and federal governments are responding to them.

Global Leaders Forum Disaster Strikes March 2019

For this report the team focussed on the climate shocks of hurricanes and wildfires as opposed to climate stresses such as droughts. They prepared four case studies for the following regions:

  • California (wine/wildfires),
  • Georgia (cotton/hurricanes),
  • North Carolina (sweet potatoes, livestock, corn, cotton/hurricanes), and
  • Dominica (bananas/hurricanes)