A young boy herds his families cattle in the dry and desolate lanscape of the city of Tawaila in Northern Darfur.


Butterflyway Project Canada

One in every three hectares of land used for agriculture relies directly on pollinators to produce food and support biodiversity. And Canada is on a mission to plant native wildflowers in yards, schoolyards, streets and parks to support butterflies and other pollinators.


Enjoy the Land Anthem "Born from the land"

Sing along with the UNCCD Land Anthem "Born from the Land" with Ricky Kej and Baaba Maal, released in 2019.

Ricky Kej is known internationally as a music composer, a No.1 artist on the United States Billboard chart and a Grammy Award winner for his album titled Winds of Samsara.

Baaba Maal is a world-renowned musician from Africa. He lent his unique voice to the soundtrack of the international blockbuster Black Panther, which won an Oscar and a Grammy Award for its music score.

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Women make rope while sitting on a blanket on the sand

In an Iranian oasis, rural women fight to save their village and livelihoods

Planting certain species like the Moringa tree and Tamarisk shrub keep the soil in place with their roots and act as a barrier to wind, slowing both wind and soil erosion. These plants protect the valuable soils in desert oases. Get to know this FAO project where women play a main role in land restoration.


Ensure food security for farmers in Madagascar

In Ankily, Soalay and his fellow villagers in southern Madagascar have experienced repeated droughts and failed harvests. In 2017, FAO put in place an early warning system and an early action plan to monitor the risk of drought and consequently mitigate its impact.

A man looking towards the horizon of a desertic landscape in front of a sea.

Sahel, a region of opportunities

Desertification and drought are a big problem in the region of the Sahel. But that does not mean there aren't growing opportunities. See what the situation is and how the people lead their daily lifes.