Sand dams provide lifelong access to water, but in order to support dryland communities to become truly self-sustainable, they may require further training in how to make adapt their farms and land to their climates and environment. That is where climate-smart agriculture comes in, which we provide alongside our partners.

Climate-smart agriculture is environmentally sustainable farming practices that increase agricultural productivity and enable food security, whilst also allowing communities to adapt to, and mitigate, the effects of climate change. This helps communities to build their resilience to a changing climate.

Techniques include growing drought-tolerant crops (such as sorghum, sweet potato and cowpeas), conserving seed, mixed cropping, manure use, crop rotation, early-planting, agro-forestry on farms and soil conservation measures such as terracing. Watch our films or read more about climate-smart agriculture for further information.