Drylands cover about 41% of earth‟s land area and are home to ~38% of world population. Majority (>90%) of the people of this ecosystem live in developing countries. With fragile natural resource base, achieving food security there has been a great challenge. With the threat of climate change looming large, and additional threat of massive out migration, the livelihoods of more than 2 billion people who live in these areas, will be further at risk. The efforts of research and development community and policy makers dealing with dry areas and aiming at sustainable management of natural resources have to be boosted in order to optimize adaptive mechanism and risk aversion elements for the dryland communities. Read more here:  13th IDDC First Announcement (17 downloads)