Land-locked and tucked away in southeastern Europe, Moldova’s geographical location allows for a renowned winemaking industry. Moldovan wines are prized throughout the region. But geography also makes the country prone to severe weather patterns, like frequent droughts, which threaten both Moldova’s prized vineyards and the country’s economy as a whole.
During the past ten years, Moldova has suffered through six severe weather cycles: massive floods in 2008 and 2010, and extreme droughts in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012. Experts calculate those disasters did about US$ 1.2 billion’s worth of damage.
So, for Moldova, a country where agriculture makes up about 15 percent of GDP, a disaster risk reduction strategy is key. Working with the World Bank, Moldova’s government is developing a national disaster risk management system that can mitigate the impact of extreme weather on the country’s economy and on farmers’ lives.