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Downie appointed horn of Africa Consortium Coordinator

Katie Downie has been appointed the Coordinator for the Technical Consortium to Build Resilience to Drought in the Horn of Africa.  Katie holds a PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Edinburgh and has 20 years of experience working in East Africa.  She most recently worked at Oxfam GB as Resilience & Horn of Africa … Continue reading

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Indigenous knowledge the missing link in water management

While numerous technical solutions have been developed and are available, adoption and adaptation of Agricultural Water Management (AWM) strategies remains limited in the Volta Basin. As such, future research and development projects should concentrate on understanding the factors limiting adoption and enhancing system productivity while ensuring healthy ecosystem services for long term sustainability. This is … Continue reading

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Holistic planning good for environmental management

Ecosystem based planning should be combined with watershed management in order to achieve sustainable use of land and the services or values the land provides. This is one of the recommendations from a yearlong study by Silvia Silvestri on the Ecosystem services trade-offs in Ewaso Ng’iro, in Kenya’s Rift Valley. She was making the presentation … Continue reading

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Collaboration in drylands research will achieve greater impact

Collective skills and collective knowledge will be very useful and achieve greater impact as the 15 members of the CGIAR consortium move into the new research methods under the CGIAR Research Programs (CRPs). This was said by Iain Wright, the director of the People Livestock and Environment Theme at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). … Continue reading

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Taming Africa’s drylands to produce food

What are the key constraints and challenges of producing food in the drylands? What does a success story of sustainable food production in water scarce areas look like? These are some of the questions that some forty five (45) researchers will battle with this week at the Regional Inception workshop for East/ Southern Africa for … Continue reading

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LAPSSET needs better realignment to Vision 2030

Discussion has begun on how best to improve the economic, social and environmental outcomes of the recently launched Lamu Port South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) corridor to make it a success and support the delivery of Vision 2030. A meeting of interested stakeholders convened to discuss the LAPSSET corridor: preliminary analysis of risks and opportunities … Continue reading

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ILRI to host Horn of Africa development initiative

On behalf of the CGIAR, ILRI will host a technical consortium to support a new initiativesseeking to develop long-term resilience to drought in the arid and semi-arid zones of the Horn of Africa. This initiative has been recently launched by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and its member states. The technical consortium brings together … Continue reading