drylands Archives - State of the Planet

Map showing estimates of net migration for dryland areas of the world

Migration in Risk-Prone Areas

Access to data that lets us analyze global migration patterns is critical to climate change adaptation planning, among other applications.

Drylands of Africa Pose Unique Challenge to Acheiving MDGs

Dryland regions make up roughly 43% of the earth’s surface. In Africa alone, it’s over 60%, but despite this, decision-makers have generally neglected development of these regions. One of the main reasons is that drylands are assumed to be wastelands, with little potential, and in need of constant supplies of food aid. Contrary to this erroneous belief, the drylands have proven it can sustain agriculture including tree-based livelihoods and animal production.

by |September 16, 2010