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Modernizing rainwater harvesting for the dry areas

Written on Nov 26,2017 Although there is renewed interest in indigenous rainwater harvesting, traditional practices and technologies are rarely suitable or feasible. ICARDA is promoting a practical and cost-effective alternative that combines indigenous knowledge with mechanization to enhance effectiveness and strengthen resilience. Although rainwater harvesting remains relevant, there have been few efforts in recent decades …

Land degradation and migration: Will restoring the land keep people at home?

By Phemo Kgomotso, Regional Technical Specialist, Ecosystems and Biodiversity, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa. Date: June 16, 2017 Would forced migration end, if people knew that they could survive and thrive in their homeland?   The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) asks this pertinent question as we observe World Day to Combat Desertification …

In Africa’s drylands, opportunities to cut vulnerability to drought and famine are within reach

SUBMITTED BY MICHAEL MORRIS & RAFFAELLO ON THU, 06/15/2017 As the global development community marks World Day to Combat Desertification on June 17, large areas of Sub-Saharan Africa will be gripped by extreme drought, leaving millions of people in need of emergency assistance. This is lamentable, because interventions are available that could significantly increase long term …

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