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Drought characteristics and management in North Africa and the Near East

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The region is not only highly prone to drought, but also one of the world’s most water-scarce areas, with desert making up three quarters of its territory.

Titre : Drought characteristics and management in North Africa and the Near East

Auteurs : Mohamed Bazza, Melvyn Kay, Cody Knutson
Editeur  : Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
Date de parution : 2018
Pages : 250

Présentation
Even though drought is a familiar phenomenon in the region, over the past four decades, droughts have become more widespread, prolonged and frequent - likely due to climate change. The region is not only highly prone to drought, but also one of the world’s most water-scarce areas, with desert making up three quarters of its territory. The Near East and North Africa’s technical, administrative, and financial capacities to deal with drought are inadequate, rendering farmers and herders - the first and worst hit when drought strikes - even more vulnerable. Farmers and herders face mounting challenges as water becomes scarcer, land more degraded and eroded, and soils more fragile. Yet, there is still too much focus on recovering from drought rather than being less susceptible to it, with insufficient funding, preparedness, and coordination remaining significant constraints, warns the report, which also assesses gaps in current drought management and provides a solid base to help governments rethink policies and reformulate preparedness and response plans by offering solutions that take into account each country’s specific context.

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