The aims of GNDRI are to
- provide mechanisms and tools for the exchange of information by and among the participating institutions
- plan and carry out institutional training, teaching, and student and faculty exchange for promoting dryland research
- provide scientific information and advice to policy makers in multilateral, global forums for dryland research advocacy, such as the UNCCD, and
- cooperate in the above activities and exchange information with professional networks of individuals working in areas of dryland science and policy advice.