The goal of this USAID-funded project is to empower decision makers in the Middle East and North Africa to plan for and manage the effects of droughts on food and water security under current and future climate conditions.
The first stage of the project was assessment of needs and gaps in drought monitoring and management in the region and development of a regional Composite Drought Index monitoring tool. The second stage included assessments for Morocco, Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon.
In the current and final phase of the project, partners and stakeholders from the four participating countries are utilizing assessment results to develop drought risk management plans for their area.
Other partners on the project include the Center for Advanced Land Management Information Technologies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Global Institute at the University of Nebraska.