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ADDIS ABABA, The African Development Bank (AfDB) has announced that it will work with partners to accelerate the implementation of a Drought Resilience Sustainable Livelihood Support Programme in the Horn of Africa.

As countries observed World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought on June 17, the AfDB said over the weekend that it aimed to promote public awareness of international efforts to combat desertification.

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 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 examined the important link between land degradation and migration.

Among other factors, environmental degradation, food insecurity and poverty are causes of migration and development challenges.

The AfDB says it has several programmes in place in the Sahel and Horn of Africa sub-regions and has provided emergency support to countries facing drought.

Launched in 2013, the Drought Resilience Sustainable Livelihood Support Programme aims to address the underlying causes of vulnerability in drought-prone areas, with particular emphasis on pastoralists and agro-pastoralists, and to ensure that the necessary infrastructures to reduce and minimize the recurrent drought in the region are in place.

The Bank is launching a mid-term review to revisit the projects' components and implementation modalities and put in place urgent and concrete measures to accelerate its implementation particularly in Somalia and Ethiopia. The programme in the Horn of Africa is part of a multinational programme which covers Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan.


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