Since 2007, the whole Horn of Africa region and Djibouti in particular have been facing a prolonged drought event that has heavily impacted agricultural production and rural livelihoods, especially animal husbandry, the backbone of the pastoralist way of life. Food security and sustainability of livelihoods in the semi-desertic plains of Petit Bara and Grand Bara rely heavily on the efficient use of water and the conservation of soil and vegetation.

This Adaptation Fund project “Developing Agro-Pastoral Shade Gardens as an Adaptation Strategy for Poor Rural Communities in Djibouti” is helping drought-afflicted rural communities gain sustainable access to water resources through wells and the development of shade gardens for a climate-resilient agricultural and pastoral economy. The project is implemented by the UNDP and coordinated with Djibouti’s Ministry of Environment.

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