According to the World Bank, agricultural investment has a strong record for reducing poverty. The overriding imperative for investing in drylands is, therefore, poverty reduction.

Further attention to the topic has been raised by a call for proposals for new case studies. The resulting work will contribute to our knowledge on the ELD and to the development of joint methodologies. Moreover, the initiative is collecting examples and data from the business, government and scientific sectors with a view to drawing up guidance for all three sectors by the beginning of 2015.

Further activities include promoting the ELD initiative by, for instance, establishing a complementary research network on ELD issues among German research institutions, and capacity building by developing e-learning courses and facilitating trainings and workshops to foster the inclusion of the ELD in decision-making processes.
You can follow the ELD initiative here: www.eld-initiative.org

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