Occupying 40% of the earth’s land area, dryland areas are home to 2.5 billion people – 30% of the world’s population. These regions are forced to contend with severe environmental degradation, increasing climate variability, and severe demographic challenges.
Applying state of the art ’systems thinking,’ Dryland Systems takes research for development ideas much further than traditional approaches, combining innovative partnerships, diverse technologies, and appropriate policies.
Dryland Systems aims to strengthen food security and generate higher and more secure incomes for tens of millions of people across the dry areas. It will also raise the productive capacity of natural resources and reduce degradation across 11 billion hectares.
A group of Dryland Systems scientists who previously led the selection of the Program sites in West Africa are currently exploring how to improve agricultural productivity through satellite technology.