Pathways to lasting impact for rural dryland comunities in the developing world

The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems proudly presents its 2014 Annual Report: Pathways to Lasting Impact for Rural Dryland Communities in the Developing World. In 2014, our program helped advance systems research thinking and approaches to shape and deliver innovative interventions with real development impact in the ground.

These initiatives were strengthened by gender-responsive research, as we worked to mainstream gender across all our activities. We were the first CGIAR Research Program to develop a Youth Strategy, setting a precedent that may direct serious attention to this critical stakeholder group. Our newly launched Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) platform ensures better result-based management, reporting, coordination, risk and performance monitoring and evaluation, as well as knowledge sharing and learning across the program. Other CGIAR Research Programs and regional partners have already adopted our MEL platform for similar purposes.

Our 227 partners and 45-innovation platforms allowed us to engage directly with the beneficiaries of our research to ensure our work was relevant and our findings shaped demand-driven development.

The report features several success stories of how Dryland Systems is working with communities, civil society actors and policy makers to develop innovative research-for-development interventions, and with support from our dedicated donors and partners, bring them to scale.


In our interconnected world, drylands are important to us all for climatic, economic, and geopolitical reasons.

Gnacadja and Kjorven 2011

Highlights from Annual Report 2014