Regional Drought Management System for Middle East & North Africa

Thematic Areas: 
Climate change impacts and management, Assessment of natural resources in marginal environments
Problem Overview: 

Periodic drought is a threat to food and water security in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. The region is already facing challenges from the limited water supply, political instability, and desertification. So droughts bring unwanted additional pressures on natural resources, impacting economic and social development. The project brings in the combined expertise to deliver new insights, management plans and drought resilience strategies at the national and local levels that will reduce drought impacts on the food supply and on the quantity and safety of the water supply in vulnerable communities.

Purpose: 

To empower decision-makers to plan for and manage the impacts of droughts on food and water security under current and future climate conditions.

Partners: 
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies (CALMIT) and Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI) Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) regional office for Near East & North Africa (NENA)
Timeline: 
September, 2015 to September, 2018
Geographical Scope: 
Middle East & North Africa (Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Tunisia)