Investing in integrated landscape management in Africa’s drylands: wishful thinking or a foundation to build resilient economies?


by Evgeniya Anisimova

PIM is happy to invite all interested colleagues to join us on April 1, 2014, 12:30-2:00pm, to participate in one of the final events of the World Bank African Drylands Seminar Series, launched earlier this year. This seminar, hosted by PIM at IFPRI, will be dedicated to the integrated landscape management in dryland regions of Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Arid soils in Mauritania, 2012. Photo: Pablo Tosco/Oxfam

The concept of a landscape approach is gaining prominence in the international development discourse. This approach requires taking both a geographical and a socio-economic perspective to managing land, water, and other natural resources. Implementing such an approach raises practical and conceptual issues that the authors of this paper explore.

Drawing on their background paper, the World Resources Institute team (Erin Gray, Norbert HenningerChris Reij, and Robert Winterbottom) will share their experience on the landscape approach, summarize the economic and ecological evidence, and propose recommendations to advance integrated landscape management to build resilience in Africa’s drylands. Karen Brooks, PIM Director, will chair the session. Sara Scherr, President and CEO of EcoAgriculture Partners, will participate in the seminar as discussant.


World Bank African Drylands Seminar Series

The World Bank has teamed up with FAO, TerrAfrica, CILSS (Permanent Interstate Committee for drought control in the Sahel), World Resource Institute, CIRAD, Africa Re-greening Initiative, and CGIAR Centers (IFPRI/PIM, ICARDA, ICRAF, ICRISAT, ILRI), to prepare a major study designed to contribute to the ongoing dialogue about policies, programs, and projects to reduce the vulnerability and enhance the resilience of populations living in dryland regions of  Africa south of the Sahara. The report is expected to be completed in summer 2014, with launch planned for next winter. The African Drylands Seminar Series is intended to create opportunities to seek feedback on the first set of results and discuss their significance from a policy perspective.

The CGIAR Research Program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets (PIM) is both a research partner and one of the funding contributors of the initiative.

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 12:30 – 2:00 pm
International Food Policy Research Institute
2033 K Street N.W., Washington DC 20006 (Map)
Conference Room 4AB, 4th floor

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