Introduction to Drylands: building climate resilience, productivity and equity

The drylands are home to 2.3 billion people and cover about 40% of the Earth’s land surface. They play an important role in trade, tourism, migration and environmental services, such as carbon sequestration. Dryland communities have learnt to adapt this environment and have developed sustainable livelihoods. But policymakers have many misconceptions about drylands, and few government policies support dryland communities' own strategies.

A woman stands with her goats in a dryland area in Niger (Photo: Stephen Anderson)

Through research, training and advocacy, we aim to build climate resilience, productivity and equity in the drylands. In particular, we aim to: 


Ced Hesse (, principal researcher, Climate Change research group

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