Discover Droughtland


Droughtland is...unique. Let us be the only ones that experience severe drought impacts. Protect your country from becoming like Droughtland to preserve your communities, cultural legacy, and economy. Everyone has a role to play.


Don't become

As you heard in the first part of the "Good Morning, World" special report on Droughtland, living in Droughtland is... interesting. Learn what to do so your country doesn't become like Droughtland from its citizens.

Explore what you can do
to prevent your country from becoming the next Droughtland

Engaged Citizen / Public

  • Schedule a monthly save-the-water-day – and blog about your experience and lessons learned regularly or a weekly save-the-water-day and blog about on Desertification and Drought Day 2022.
  • Grow your influencer power by creating powerful content on simple drought-risk mitigation practices using examples from this toolkit, in the lead up to Desertification and Drought Day and tag key leading figures in communities dealing with or facing drought threats.

Governments & donors

  • Support communities to create in food banks.
  • Start a campaign on food gardening with less water in dry areas to increase water moisture in the soil.
  • Set up a drought insurance programme for vulnerable pastoralists.
  • Reward initiatives that are building the capacity of vulnerable communities to become drought resilient but not project dependent.

Scientific Community

  • Identify a land user influencer you will support to diffuse new and practical ideas on drought resilience.
  • Inform the vulnerable communities about the most appropriate drought-resilient plants for their soil/land types.

Private Sector

  • Supply technologies that help local authorities to recycle waste-water.
  • Promote drip-irrigation technologies that maximize waters use in irrigation.

UN System Partners

  • Share your drought-mitigation innovations through a global collaborative toolkit being used by 70 countries to build the resilience of vulnerable communities.
  • Share the drought toolkit with all the local governments you work with in the world that serve communities vulnerable to drought.

Investors / Funders / Foundations

Civil Society

  • Share with your community the three most common signs of an approaching drought.
  • Use a broom, instead of a hose, to clean your side walk.

Small holder communities

  • Replace plants that use a lot of water with more drought-tolerant crops.
  • Use a mix of food systems as security (agriculture, livestock, fish farming, etc).
  • Invest in an on-farm point to harvest rainwater.
  • Leave crop residue on the land to cover the soil and reduce water evaporation.


  • Write an article of a best practice in drought resilience from a community in another country which lives in a comparable environment.
  • Use the drought risk assessment tool available here to inform the public about their drought vulnerability.

What do people think about life in

“Drought is a slow-onset disaster, not necessarily an emergency. Swift action is needed as soon as it emerges.”

— Former citizen of Droughtland

“Invest in drought risk and vulnerability assesments. They are the key to starting to prepare for drought.”

— Former citizen of Droughtland

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