Partnering with Dryland Communities to Overcome Protracted Crises: Challenges and Opportunities

21 Jun 2021


Protracted crises are persistent in Africa’s drylands. Weak governance, insecure land rights and access, environmental fragility and armed conflict impact the lives of millions of pastoralists, agro-pastoralists and farmers in drylands across Africa; climate change is starting to layer on additional stress. SPARC research with pastoral and agro-pastoral communities across the Sahel and Horn of Africa reveals how they are responding to multiple pressures, and adapting their livelihoods. Innovations emerging from these regions are also providing solutions to some of their most critical challenges. In this plenary, we discuss the opportunities and challenges that arise when taking a more integrated approach to addressing ecosystem restoration in drylands facing recurrent and protracted crises.

Publisher: Global Landscapes Forum (GLF)

Language: English

Year: 2021

Keyword(s): Africa, climate change, climate change adaptation, conflict, drylands, Horn of Africa, local communities, pastoralism, protracted crises, Sahel

Ecosystem(s): Drylands and Rangelands

Location(s): Africa, Horn of Africa, Sahel

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

  • Global Landscapes Forum

  • Musonda Mumba

    Director , Rome Centre for Sustainable Development Nature, Climate and Energy

  • Christabell Makokha

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

  • Fiona Flintan

    Governance Scientist and Technical Coordinator, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

  • Charity Lanoi

    Restoration Steward, Moilo Grass Seed Bank

  • Emmanuel Seck

    Regional Representative West and Central Africa, ENDA Energie