Mahmoud Shidiwah, Director of the Desertification
Control Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, outlined the
types and forms of desertification and strategies used at various
levels. He then covered the objectives and national strategies
used to combat desertification. He stated that with
desertification comes poverty, hunger, migration, illiteracy, and
the inability of people to meet their basic needs. He said that
combatting desertification was seventh on list of their country's
priorities in the development programme.
Asma Mubarak, Counselor of Foreign Affairs from Yemen, outlined
the government's 20-year policy to combat desertification, which
started in 1991. She said that combating desertification means
increasing plant and animal produce and ensuring long-term rural
development. She stressed the need to take into account all
social, economic and technical issues in programme planning.