Agriculture and Environment Division at a Glance

Authors: IGAD
Date: 2020
Type: Report


In the period 1974 and 1984, recurrent and severe droughts and other natural disasters widespread famine, ecological degradation and economic hardship in the Horn of Africa. Despite substantial efforts by individual countries and international support, the magnitude of the problems argued strongly for a regional approach. As a result, in 1986, countries in the Horn of Africa formed the Intergovernmental Authority on Drought and Development (IGADD) with a mandate to coordinate and complement national efforts in combating drought and desertification. Since then, IGAD’s Agriculture and Environment Division (AED) has worked to boost agricultural production and enhance sustainable management of natural resources and the environment. AED aims to ensure resilient livelihoods and sustained economic growth in the region.