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.
With preparations under way for the final implementation meeting of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems, two full days have been added to the agenda to exclusively discuss and formulate a gender strategy.
The effective and successful implementation of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems is dependent on detailed and well thought out work plans that reflect expertise, available resources, and opportunities.
The second day of the South Asia implementation meeting for the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems began with an update on the work plans being developed over the course of the two-day workshop.
The aims of the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems are ambitious – a necessary requirement given that the dry areas of the world cover 42 per cent of the earth’s surface and are home to the majority of the World’s poor. Moreover, these regions have benefited the least from agricultural re