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AfDB working with partners to accelerate implementation of drought resilience programme

Ahead of World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, the African Development Bank (AfDB) announced that it would work with partners to accelerate the implementation of the Drought Resilience Sustainable Livelihood Support Programme (DRSLP) 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 programmes in place in the Sahel and the Horn of Africa, and has provided emergency support to countries facing drought.

For instance, early this year, the AfDB signed a loan and a grant amounting of US $7.14 million to finance the fourth Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Program in Eritrea.

Simone D. McCourtie / World Bank

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