Drought portal - Knowledge resources on integrated drought management


Response and mitigation

The FAO Drought portal collates tools, methodologies, publications, and best practices, with the aim to support informed decision making and promote integrated drought management in agriculture.They are organized into three pillars: monitoring and early warning, vulnerability and risk assessment, response and mitigation.

Drought mitigation, preparedness, and response comprise the appropriate measures and actions aimed at reducing ecosystems vulnerability to drought impacts. The goal of pillar 3 of integrated drought management, response and mitigation, is to determine appropriate mitigation and response actions aimed at risk reduction, the identification of appropriate triggers to phase in and phase out mitigation actions and, finally, to identify agencies, ministries or organizations to develop and implement mitigation actions.

FAO toolkit
Rapid Appraisal Procedure tool (RAP)

Rapid Appraisal Procedure (RAP) for pressurized irrigation system is a diagnostic tool developed by FAO to assess the performance of water resource, institutional management and irrigation service (hardware and software). It aims to provide users with a clear picture of problem areas. Thus, it enables the identification of the physical bottlenecks hampering the efficient water delivery and prioritize the steps needed for improvement.


AquaCrop is a crop growth model developed by FAO’s Land and Water Division that addresses food security and assesses the effect of the environment and irrigation management on crop production. It simulates the yield response of herbaceous crops to water and is well suited to conditions in which water is a key limiting factor.

Sustainable Forest Management (SFM)

SFM toolbox  aims to make more accessible the collective knowledge and experiences on sustainable forest management to forest managers and stakeholders. A dedicated module highlights the importance and vulnerability of dryland forests and agrosilvopastoral system.

Global Information and Early Warning System on Food and Agriculture (GIEWS)

GIEWS continuously monitors food supply and demand and other key indicators for assessing the overall food security situation in all countries of the world.

Pastoralist Knowledge Hub

The Pastoralist Knowledge Hub connects pastoralists and the main actors working with them, to join forces and create synergies for dialogue and pastoralist development. It relies on 3 pillars: a knowledge repository, a network of pastoralist organizations and the facilitation of partnerships with national and international actors.


The BlueHouse-Leb application is a user-friendly mobile app that provides timely information on the irrigation needs of crops in unheated plastic greenhouses in Lebanon. The experiences show that better irrigation and agricultural practices can significantly increase the yield production and the water productivity of greenhouses, therefore, the app is expected to make farming practices more sustainable and improve the farm profitability.

FAO projects from the field
Title Drought recovery response
Project Code OSRO/ETH/302/JPN
Donor Japan