Sept. 2, 2019 (NAIROBI, Kenya): The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) this morning inaugurated its Second Annual Resilience Share Fair under the regional organization’s Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) in Nairobi.

This event whose theme is ‘Consolidating the Path to Resilience and Sustainability’ is the second of its kind. It is preceding the 10th IDDRSI Platform Steering Committee Meeting and the 6th IDDRSI General Assembly to be held on Sept. 4-5 and Sept. 6 respectively at the same venue.

The IDDRSI Forum and Share Fair is a two-day programme, featuring Keynote Presentations, Panel Discussions, Workshops, Break-out Sessions, Knowledge Cafés, Poster Presentations and Exhibitions. It has attracted more than 200 participants from the IGAD region, including national experts, government officials, research scientists, resilience practitioners, specialists, aid workers and regional and international staff involved in the implementation of IDDRSI and related thematic areas. 

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  • The IGAD region covers an area of 5.2 million km2
  • IGAD region has a population of more than 240 million people
  • The region is endowed with a considerable range of natural resources, with a huge potential for a variety wealth creation and progress.
  • About 70% of the IGAD region comprises arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) that receive less than 600mm in annual rainfall and are characterized by recurrent drought.
  • Over the years, severity and frequency of droughts have been increasing and desertification, land degradation, global warming and related climate change phenomena exacerbated it
  • The IGAD region has a strategic place in the Horn of Africa.
  • IGAD is focused for regional economic cooperation and integration.

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