Drought Toolbox

The Drought Toolbox provides tools, case studies, and other resources to support the design of National Drought Policy Plans for more drought-resilient societies and ecosystems.

Priority investments to build drought resilience

Building drought resilience is easier if you know where to start. IDRA advocates for evidence-based activities that can be combined to build customized strategies for regions, countries, and communities.

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Planning and Policy

Assessing needs and vulnerabilities of societies and economies to develop context-specific policies and action plans.

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Information Systems

Putting in place meteorological and early warning systems and making sure that actionable information reaches all relevant sectors of society, including farmers and local governments.

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Water management

Increasing water storage capacity with above- and below-ground dams and reservoirs; improving distribution networks to reduce leakage; and increasing water supply through rainwater harvesting and water biofiltering, recycling, and desalination.

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Agricultural practices

Building capacity, designing incentives, and facilitating investment in drought-resistant crops, drip-irrigation systems, sustainable land management, and better livestock management

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Nature-based solutions

Leveraging natural systems by promoting soil health, groundwater recharge, and integrated land and water management at the landscape level

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Knowledge and Research

Combining traditional knowledge with the latest scientific and technological advances

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Finance

Leveraging financial solutions like farmer insurance schemes, national resilience funds, debt restructuring, and sovereign bonds to bankroll drought-resilience investments

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Awareness

Behaviour change and communications campaigns to build awareness of, and support
for, drought-resilience actions

Resources

Selected reports, tools, and processes in support of drought-resilience efforts

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