Former Finnish President becomes UNCCD Drylands Ambassador

Nairobi, The Coordinator of the African Alliance of Rangeland Management and Development has congratulated Tarja Halonen, former President of Finland for accepting her designation as Drylands Ambassador of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) for at least two years.
During this time, she will promote the shift towards sustainable land management practices globally and better livelihoods for rural women in the drylands.
Henry Neondo said he looks forward to seeing her do more to push to the centre-stage of the global agenda challenges of drylands.
According Neondo, drylands make up to over 60% of the continent’s landmass, but despite this, governments have continued to deny their development.
These areas have poor infrastructure and are not adequately served by roads or telecommunications. Health and educational services are rudimentary or absent and they are cut off from markets for agricultural or veterinary inputs and to sell agricultural or livestock products.