Drylands are home to around two billion people (> 25% of the world’s population), contain 44% of the world’s agricultural land (58.4% of that in Africa) and supply about 60% of the world’s food production.
Our region is susceptible to land degradation and bears the greatest impact of drought and desertification/hyper-aridity. Human well-being is at risk from dryland degradation –including peace and stability
Slow and reverse land degradation in the drylands in order to affect positively the livelihoods of millions of vulnerable households
Restore degraded land systems
Improve governance and management systems of drylands regions
Improve current livelihood activities
Provide leading edge science and knowledge capital in drylands management