On the UN Radio: Action against Desertification in 79 countries

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Desertification in Niger

New programme against desertification for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific

A new programme against desertification in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific will help end hunger and adapt to climate change, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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Caribbean drought – http://www.dadychery.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/Caribbean_drought.jpg

FAO and the European Union launched the €41 million, 4.5-year programme called Action against Desertification on Wednesday.

They announced that it will support sustainable land management in collaboration with the 79 countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP).

Read the full article: UN Radio

70 outstanding African women agricultural scientists

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Rising to the Challenge! 2015 AWARD Fellowship Winners Set to Impact Smallholders in the Year of Women’s Empowerment

by Cynthia



70 outstanding African women agricultural scientists from 11 countries have been chosen as the winners of the 2015 African Women in Agricultural Research and Development – AWARD fellowship in NAIROBI, Kenya.

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“Agricultural research and development in Mozambique is an important tool for increasing production, and consequently reducing household malnutrition and poverty, particularly in children and women,” says Olivia Narciso Pedro, a lecturer and researcher at the Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique. “My vision for agriculture-led growth in Mozambique is to design alternatives to mitigate loss of genetic diversity, and ensure conservation of species, while improving household food security.”

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2015 AWARD Fellowship Laureates from left: Juliana Mandha (Tanzania), Ifeoluwa Olotu (Nigeria) and Ngozi Edoh (Nigeria), attending the Mentoring Orientation – http://awakeafrica.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/2015-award-fellowship-laureates.jpg

This year’s laureates were selected from among an impressive cadre of 1,109 applicants from 11 African countries. These scientists and researchers, will benefit from AWARD’s two-year career-development program that is focused on accelerating agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills. AWARD Fellowships are granted on the basis of each scientist’s intellectual merit, leadership capacity, and the potential of her work to improve the livelihoods of African smallholder farmers, most of whom are women.

AWARD Fellows share a common vision: they want to translate their research and knowledge into tangible action, tangible action that will benefit smallholder farmers—especially laudable in 2015, the African Union’s Year of Women’s Empowerment and Development towards Africa’s Agenda 2063.

Read the full article: Agro Nigeria


Desertification Cycle

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Reversing the Cycle of Desertification

by Al Baydha



After waiting for three years for rain, Al Baydha Project finally got a second test of its water system, and the results were fantastic. As we increase the tree cover, we will decrease evaporation, increase wind break, shade cover, soil biota, and the soil’s capacity to absorb water. Thus we can reverse the cycle of desertification and replace it with a cycle of regeneration, until the land can support fruit trees, grazing animals, honeybees, and other desert produce.

Desertification and Civil society

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Desertification and Civil society (English) HD


by CARI – Centre d’Actions et de Réalisations Internationales


From the 10 to the 15 of June 2015, in order to voice the Civil Society into the international debates of land degradation, CARI, its networks and partners are taking the initiative of organising an International Forum of Civil Society : Desertif’actions 2015.


Arid Zones Cluster in Milano

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A Desert Brimming with Life

Arid zones cover approximately 41% of the Earth’s surface and, despite their adverse weather conditions, are densely populated. These geographical areas may be marred by numerous problems, yet they are rich in natural and cultural resources. The challenge of the future is to make water available to all people, a goal needed to ensure an adequate agricultural production in these regions of the world.
At Expo Milano 2015 the theme of leveraging water resources will be addressed in the Arid Zones Cluster, a place that recreates the mysterious atmosphere of the desert and acts as a space for sharing experiences and designing innovative solutions that make the most of every drop of water that Nature offers our Planet.
A Flower in the Desert
The transformation of the desert into an oasis through technology and partnership between peoples is not an impossible dream. The Great Green Wall project, for example, involves the creation of a “belt” of trees across Africa and, in particular, the southern end of the Sahara desert. A similar case study is the Acacia Project, a program of reforestation in Senegal: the idea is to plant acacia trees to stop the desert, to restore soil fertility and produce gum arabic, a raw material that is very much in demand on the international market.
Read the full article: EXPO Milano 2015

The Greatest Environmental Challenge of Our Time

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Desertification is the Greatest Environmental Challenge of Our Time. The Investigation is Found on Exponet

In 2010, former Executive Secretary of the Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Luc Gnacadja said that desertification and land degradation are “the greatest environmental challenge of our time” and “a threat to global well-being.” Today, the situation seems somewhat improved, although a half billion people still suffer the negative effects of land degradation.

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The World Day on June 17 , initiated in 1994, aims to sensitize public opinion, governments and global organizations on the  negative effects  of  irresponsible exploitation of natural resources (water, agriculture and forestry) and to promote projects to combat the advance of deserts.

Expo Milano 2015, thanks to the implementation of the Arid Zones Cluster, shows the progress made ​​in agricultural practices made ​​possible by the new methods, but above all by improving the traditional practices and managing the best possible water resources ( here you can read  more on the Arid Zones Cluster ).

Read the full article: EXPO Milano 2015

CGIAR’s Strategy


The Strategy for CGIAR’s next ten years is evolving with every voice