The Drylands Coordination Group (DCG) is a network for capacity building through exchange of practical experience and appropriate knowledge on food security in the drylands of Africa. The DCG networks in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Mali, and Sudan consist of NGOs as well as research institutions and governmental structures. DCG Norway administers funds from Norad to research projects and from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to information and policy work linked to the UNCCD and dryland challenges.
The overall goal of DCG is to contribute to improved food security for vulnerable households and communities in the drylands of Africa. DCG intends to reach this goal by addressing core challenges related to the increased pressure on natural resources which leads to food insecurity in the drylands. We focus on enhancing the capacity of member organisations, networks and other stakeholders to address these challenges, and through this contribute to strengthening access to natural resources for vulnerable households and communities.
DCG projects include action research, studies, workshops, capacity building and policywork. The projects are designed and implemented by the national DCG groups, and aim to create synergy effects, build capacity and be relevant and applicable also outside of DCG.
Our product is knowledge that is used to strengthen the work of our members, influence policy makers and ultimately improve the livelihoods and food security of farmers and pastoralists in the drylands of Africa.