Innovation Showcase: Strengthening Agrifood Systems with Integrated Drought Management, Innovations in Early Warning and Action in Africa and South Asia

  • Date
  • Time
    04:30 pm > 06:00 pm UTC+03:00
  • Location
    United Nations, Conference W 113, Nairobi, Kenya

Thematic Areas: Climate Action, Institutional Innovations, Better Crops, Capacity Sharing, Gender & Data

This side event will showcase innovative approaches to strengthening agri-food systems’ resilience to drought in Africa and South Asia through integrated drought management. The event will highlight the importance of a holistic approach that combines early warning systems, vulnerability assessment, risk mitigation, and response strategies. By integrating these components, the integrated drought management can help to reduce the impacts of drought on agriculture and food security.

The event will highlight case studies from Africa and South Asia that demonstrate the effectiveness of integrated approaches in building drought resilience. These case studies will showcase innovative approaches to early warning, risk assessment, and mitigation, as well as the importance of partnerships between governments, research institutions, and communities.

The event will conclude with discussing the challenges and opportunities for scaling up in Africa and South Asia. Participants will discuss the need for increased investment in integrated approaches, the importance of capacity building, and the role of policy in creating an enabling environment for integrated drought program. The goal of the event is to raise awareness of the importance of comprehensive and systemic approaches and to catalyse action to scale up its implementation in vulnerable regions.


  • Giriraj Amarnath, Principal Researcher Disaster Risk Management and Climate Resilience, IWMI
  • Rachael McDonnell, Deputy Director General, IWMI