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The Desert Margins Program is a broad alliance across Sub-Saharan Africa. It crystallized in response to world commitment to combat land degradation and poverty, reflected in the United Nations Conventions to Combat Desertification and protect Biodiversity, and Framework to mitigate Climate Change. The Desert Margins Program is implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and executed by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT). Financing and in-kind support for the DMP is provided by the nine participating countries; the Global Environment Fund (GEF); a number of other development investors (see below); and the partner institutions themselves.

The core partners of the DMP are listed below. For more information see About Us.

Many of these partnerships in action are described in our newsletter; and in our archive of past news; and on our external links page.


National Research Institutions
ARD Agricultural Research Department (Botswana)
AREX Department of Agricultural Research and Extension (Zimbabwe)
IER Institut d’Économie Rurale (Mali)
INERA Institut d’Études et de Recherches Agricoles (Burkina Faso)
INRAN Institut National de Recherches Agronomiques du Niger (Niger)
ISRA Institut Senegalais de Recherches Agricoles, Bureau Pedologie (Senegal)
KARI Kenya Agricultural Research Institute
MAWF Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (Namibia)
NDA National Department of Agriculture (South Africa)


Regional Networks
ASARECA The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa
CORAF/WECARD Conseil Ouest et Centre Africain pour la Recherche et le Développement Agricole/West and Central African Council for Agricultural Research and Development
SADC-FANR Southern African Development Community - Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources


Non-Governmental Organizations
SIX-S Se Servir de la Saison Sèche en Savane et au Sahel (Burkina Faso)
DRFN Desert Research Foundation of Namibia
ELCI Environment Liaison Center International (Kenya)
EMG Environmental Monitoring Group (South Africa)
ENDA Environment and Development Activities (Zimbabwe)
  Plateform Rurale des Paysans des Etats Membres du CILSS (Senegal)
  Thusano Lefatsheng (Botswana)


CGIAR International Agricultural Research Centers
ICRAF World Agroforestry Centre
ICRISAT International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (DMP Executing Agency)
IFPRI International Food Policy Research Institute
ILRI International Livestock Research Institute
TSBF-CIAT Tropical Soil Biology and Fertility Institute of the Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical


Advanced Research Institutes and Universities
CEH Center for Ecology and Hydrology (United Kingdom)
CIRAD Centre de Coopération Internationale en Recherche Agronomique pour le Development (France)
IRD Institut De Recherche pour le Developpement (France)
NWU North-West University (Potchefstroom, South Africa)


Development Investors and International Organizations
EU The European Union
DANIDA Danish International Development Agency
GEF Global Environment Facility
GML Global Micro Lending Initiative
  The Government of France
IDRC International Development Research Centre (Canada)
IFAD International Fund for Agricultural Development
IFDC International Center for Soil Fertility and Agricultural Development
GTZ Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit
  The Government of Japan
  The Government of Norway
UNDP United Nations Development Programme
UNEP United Nations Environment Programme (DMP Implementing Agency)
UNK United Nations - Kenya (DMP Implementing Agency)
UNON United Nations Office Nairobi (DMP Implementing Agency)
USAID United States Agency for International Development


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