Innovative Solutions to Strengthen Resilience in the Drylands

24 Jun 2021

Innovation, at its core, is about doing business differently. Innovation might include products, services, processes, business models, and technologies aimed at creating value primarily through social impact, as well as commercial gains. Yet not all innovations work, and not all innovations that work do so at scale – especially in the arid-to-semi-arid lands, and even more so in fragile and conflict-affected areas. Discussions in this session explore the current landscape of innovations in dryland and conflict-affected countries of the Horn of Africa and the Sahel; benchmark success factors for innovations to have impact; and discusses opportunities and challenges of sustainably scaling innovations.

Publisher: Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)

Language: English

Year: 2021

Keyword(s): arid lands, conflict-affected areas, drylands, East Africa, Horn of Africa, innovation, protracted crises, Sahel, semi-arid lands, West Africa

Ecosystem(s): Drylands and Rangelands

Location(s): Africa

  • Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture in Recurrent and Protracted Crisis (SPARC)

  • Global Landscapes Forum


  • Christabell Makokha

    Senior Innovation Advisor, Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture in Recurrent and Protracted Crises (SPARC)

  • Jerioth Mwaura

    Technology for Development Advisor, Mercy Corps

  • Carmen Jaquez

    Economies & Livelihoods Thematic Working Group Lead, SPARC

  • Hassan Bashir

    Executive Director, Agency for Inclusive Insurance Development (AIID)

  • Ken Lohento

    Digital Innovation Strategy Specialist (Consultant), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO, Regional Office for Africa)

  • Catherine Le Côme

    Global Technical Advisor Livestock, SNV

  • Rupsha Banerjee

    Social Scientist - Institutions and Innovation, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

  • Fatoumata Diawara

    Malian singer-song writer / actress