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This year, Ethiopia’s Tigray region was awarded with gold by the German trust World Future Council. The Region won the Future Policy Award for their measures in restoring Tigrays degraded lands and left 26 international nominees behind. The change is seen in trying to manage food-self-supply and heading for an economic development via gentle use of land. They also make an effort in faciliating a sustainable agriculture.

Especially Tigray is affected by drought. In 1994 the Agricultural Development-Led Industrialization (ADLI) strategy was adapted for securing food and restoring agricultural productivity. Since then the landscape of Tigray has drastically changed for the better: the erosion and desertation significantly  decreased.

But not only Tigray is affected. Approximately 135 Million people are threatened by the drought. Last century there were more people killed by the drought than any other natural disaster. That’s why it’s so important for countries and regions like Tigray to have measures and laws that help to achieve the goal of the United Nations for sustainable development.