Towards lasting solutions to drought in the Horn of Africa: What role for agricultural research?

Arid lands
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The current drought situation in the Horn of Africa is the worst ever in 60 years, so the experts tell us. Millions of pastoral livelihoods have been lost, and the situation remains precarious in the face of  the attendant famine and food shortage plaguing the region.

Calls continue to be made for governments and policymakers to put in place longer term, sustainable solutions to the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa.

But seeing as drought is a natural phenomenon that is known to recur at periodic intervals which, with the help of technology, can be predicted with fairly reliable accuracy, the question arises: What role can research play towards finding long-term solutions to drought and famine in the Horn of Africa?

A new blog by the Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centres seeks to answer this question by documenting the important role that agricultural research is playing as part of long-lasting solutions in the fight against perennial drought and famine in the Horn of Africa.

Improved drought-tolerant crop and seed varieties, better livestock early warning systems, and novel technologies for land and water management in dryland areas are just a few examples highlighted in the blog.

For more, you can also check  out their  Twitter page @CGIARConsortium or follow the Twitter hash tag #Ag4HoA.

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