Women Pastoralists: Preserving traditional knowledge Facing modern challenges
The international community has long recognized that desertification is a major economic, social and environmental problem of concern to many countries in all regions of the world. In response, the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) was adopted in 1994 and entered into force two years later. The objective of the Convention is to combat desertification and mitigate the effects of drought in countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa. The UNCCD is the only internationally recognized legally binding instrument that addresses the problem of land degradation in dryland rural areas and enjoys a truly universal membership of 191 country Parties. It takes a unique “bottom-up” approach, explicitly giving a voice to local communities and women.