AfDB Working to Accelerate Implementation of Drought Resilience Program

Addis Ababa,Ahead of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, the African Development Bank announced that it would work with partners to accelerate the implementation of the Drought Resilience Sustainable Livelihood Support Program in the Horn of Africa.

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought is observed every year on June 17 and aims to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification.

The day is used to remind stakeholders that land degradation neutrality is achievable through problem-solving, strong community involvement and co-operation at all levels.

This year's theme examines the important link between land degradation and migration. Among others, environmental degradation, food insecurity and poverty are causes of migration and development challenges.

The African Development Bank has several programs in place in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and has provided emergency support to countries facing drought.

Launched in 2013, the program aims at addressing the underlying causes of vulnerability in drought-prone areas, with particular emphasis on pastoralists and agro-pastoralists.

The program was to ensure that the necessary infrastructures to reduce and minimize the recurrent drought in the region are in place.

The Bank is launching a mid-term review to revisit the projects' components and implementation modalities and put in place urgent and concrete measures to accelerate its implementation particularly in Somalia and Ethiopia.

The program in the Horn of Africa is part of a multinational program that covers Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan.

Source: Ethiopian News Agency

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