PIM's Director Karen Brooks will facilitate a side event of the IFPRI 2020 Conference, "Enhancing Resilience in African Drylands: Toward a Shared Development Agenda", organized by World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
- Raffaello Cervigni, Lead Environmental Economist, World Bank, USA
- Mohamed Manssouri, Senior Advisor, FAO, Italy
- Stephen Danyo, Senior Natural Resources Management Specialist, World Bank, USA
- Djimé Adoum, Executive Secretary, Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), Burkina Faso
- Tesfaye Beshah, Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), Djibouti
- Estherine Fotabong, Director of Programme Implementation and Coordination, New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), South Africa (tbc)
The World Bank, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) have teamed up with a number of partners to prepare a report, slated for completion at the end of 2014, about strategies to reduce the vulnerability and enhance the resilience of populations living in dryland regions of sub-Saharan Africa. The side event will feature two brief presentations: (1) a presentation of preliminary findings emerging from ongoing background studies that are providing insights into the extent and nature of the shocks experienced by people living in drylands; and (2) a presentation on the rationale/justification for promoting integrated land management in degraded drylands as one possible solution to enhance resilience in African drylands, as promoted by the NEPAD-led partnership Terrafrica. The presentation will also lay out foundations of a new flagship program developed under the revised Environment Action Plan that will support countries interested in sustainable land and watershed management (SLWM) interventions using integrated land management (ILM) approaches. The presentations will be followed by an expert panel discussion featuring heads of major regional organizations and leaders of the drylands development agenda, CILSS and NEPAD. The session will conclude with a Q&A period during which participants will have the opportunity to react to the emerging findings and discuss their significance for policy making and program design.