Drought portal - Knowledge resources on integrated drought management

The FAO Drought portal is a global knowledge-sharing platform to support countries and stakeholders in enhancing the resilience of agriculture and improving food security. The Drought portal builds on the Integrated Drought Management (IDM) approach, to foster the transition from crisis-led and reactive responses to risk-based and proactive measures.

The Drought portal provides resources towards the following objectives:

  • improve livelihoods’ resilience by presenting field-tested solutions and lessons learnt, ready-to-use tools and methodologies, and global knowledge resources on the three pillars of IDM;
  • respond to emergencies by showcasing crisis-driven responses and post-disaster toolkits;
  • support resource mobilization and allocation by hosting the Drought Tracker tool; and
  • facilitate the learning by including innovative materials related to all aspects of drought management.

Watch "The Drought-Fragility-Finance nexus" FAO Side Event 
at the UN 2023 Water Conference

Explore the FAO Drought Finance Tracker!
With the support of

Planning for integrated drought management in Central Asia
16/10/2023 - 18/10/2023

Istanbul, Türkiye, 
16 -18 October 2023

Virtual Event

Launching event of the Drought Finance Tracker

Monitoring and assessing drought finance flows - online event
28 July 2023
Time: 15.00 (GMT+2)

Virtual Event

NENA working meeting on Resilience and Climate Change

Near East and North Africa working meeting.

2nd WASAG International Forum
07/02/2023 - 10/02/2023

Praia, Cabo Verde, West Africa

7-10 February 2023

Making agriculture resilient for climate change: Water scarcity, an opportunity for...

Tunis Regional Gathering
11/12/2022 - 16/12/2022

The Land and Water Division organized a regional gathering in Tunis for thirty selected participants from Libya, Mali and Niger.

All events
Success stories
FAO's Successful Regional Drought Workshops: Strengthening Preparedness Across Continents

FAO and its partners hosted a series of impactful regional workshops tackling proactive drought management. Attended by national focal points and experts, the events focused on technology integration, financial challenges, and institutional coordination. The workshops, a part of the GEF project, demonstrated remarkable achievements.

Watch FAO on the national Zambia TV2: Climate Check show on the regional drought workshop in Lusaka

The national TV2 of Zambia interviewed the stakeholders of the regional workshop "Support the implementation of national drought plans: integrating national drought plans into National Action Plans (NAPs)", held in Lusaka (5-7/09/23). It focused on building capacities on effective planning of drought management and implementation of drought plans.

Integrated natural resources management in drought-prone and salt-affected agricultural production landscapes in Central Asia and Turkey (CACILM-2)

CACILM-2 is the 2nd phase of a GEF-funded regional project in Central Asia and Turkey that demonstrates effective agricultural technologies, measures drought impact and degradation of agricultural land per GDP and contributes to food security, welfare and agricultural productivity.

Community Contingency Funds (CCFs), an agricultural risk insurance for vulnerable households in the dry corridor of Central America

CCFs are an innovative risk protection and financial mechanism to provide a farm insurance to those who do not have access to conventional financial systems. The resources of this solidarity fund are managed by farmer’s association to provide assistance to members after unexpected events like droughts.

Unlocking the potential of agricultural innovation to improve farmers’ resilience to drought

The programme “One million cisterns for the Sahel” aims at introducing rainwater harvesting and storage systems for vulnerable communities, especially women. The objective is to enable millions of people access safe drinking water, enhance their family agricultural production, improve their food and nutrition security and to strengthen their resilience.


FAO has a longstanding partnership and collaboration with UNCCD, the UN agency established to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought. UNCCD established the Drought Toolbox to provide drought stakeholders with easy access to tools, case studies and other resources and support the design of National Drought Policy Plan with the aim to boost the resilience of people and ecosystems to drought.

The interactive linkage between the Drought Initiative Toolbox and the FAO Drought portal aims at reaching out wider audience with a broader and more complete set of functions and information.


The project “Enabling Activities for Implementing UNCCD COP Drought Decisions” sets the objectives to enable the UNCCD parties towards the implementation of national drought plans according to the principles of integrated drought management. Twelve countries are receiving technical support to implement relevant decisions on drought and national drought plans for drought preparedness, regional advocacy, and capacity building in the framework of an intergovernmental working group (IWG) and Drought Initiative implementation.

See on the map the national drought plans of the twelve countries.