Maina Karaba, of the Inter-governmental Authority
on Drought and Development, spoke on the region that covers
Djibouti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda, Eritrea and Somalia. He
said that what happens in the north also impacts on the region.
He pointed out that the interventions so far had focused on the
producers and failed to account for the activities of the
consumers. He said that the resilience of the arid lands in the
region evident after the rains suggests that the area can be
productive with the proper input. The constraints to combatting
desertification in the region include the lack of long-term
recording periods to assist in drought predictions, a poor
distribution of simple hydrological and climatic information, and
the shortage of satellite receiving stations. He concluded that
institutions such as the OSS and UNSO should be strengthened.