Combating Desertification In Sahel, Horn Of Africa

15-16 May 2019. Nairobi. 3rd AI-CD Regional Meeting in the Horn of Africa. About 50 participants from the Horn of Africa region and several international donors attended the meeting and discussed various topics including, but not limited to, access to finance for combating desertification.

The participating countries, including Djibouti, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan, agreed to move forward to become global leaders on combating desertification. Outputs of each country under AI-CD will be shared Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD) 7 and the UNCCD COP 14.

The main topic of the 2nd day of the 3rd AI-CD regional meeting in Horn of Africa was the access to finance. Concept notes from each AI-CD participating country

were presented and vividly discussed with different donors.


30 April 2019. A new Knowledge Hub was launched in collaboration with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas – ICARDA

Behind the platform are partners engaged in the AI-CD – an initiative co-organized by the Government of Kenya, the Government of Senegal, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) – namely the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas (ICARDA), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS).

  • The new collaboration between AI-CD partners and the CGIAR will facilitate the systematic transfer of valuable knowledge to the target African countries. 
  • The knowledge will also be made available through Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL), the collaborative online platform for knowledge employed by six CGIAR Research Centers and three Research Programs to manage their activities and results: ICARDA, International Potato Center (CIP), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF), WorldFish, Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC), Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB), FISH.

11-12 April 2019.  A two-day national workshop on the African Initiative for Combating Desertification (AI-CD) was previously held in Abuja.  It convened over 70 stakeholders who actively presented, deliberated, and discussed matters on desertification and the focal areas of the initiative, namely: (1) Best Practices for Combating Desertification, (2) Access to Funds, and (3) Networking and Knowledge Sharing.

Related PAEPARD blogpost
Highlight: African Initiative for Combating Desertification
28-30 August 2018. Call for proposals ‘Voices from the Field’

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