Regional Drought Management System for Middle East & North Africa

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.

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

Research Innovation Theme
Climate change impacts and management, Assessment of natural resources in marginal environments
Project SDGs
SDG 1: No poverty
SDG 2: Zero hunger
SDG 13: Climate action
September 2015 - September 2018
Project Lead
Project Region
Near East and North Africa
Project Countries
  • 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) 
  • Daugherty Water for Food Institute (DWFI) 
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) regional office for Near East & North Africa (NENA)