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New perspectives on climate resilient drylands development

Ced Hesse


IIED, in partnership with University of Peking in China, the Revitalizing Rainfed Agriculture Network and Rainfed Livestock Network in India, and the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Secretariat of the Ministry of State for Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid lands in Kenya, is implementing a one-year project entitled `New perspectives on climate resilient drylands development'.

Funded by the Ford Foundation, the project aims to formulate a more progressive narrative of the drylands, to those currently articulated by many global and public institutions, based on sound scientific evidence and traditional local knowledge and experience.

In order that a reframed discourse on climate resilient drylands development might resonate with key decision-makers at global and national levels, public policy and media analysis is being carried out in China, India, Kenya and at the global level to better understand its content and the knowledge and information systems, the premises and evidence used in its support. These research findings were presented and discussed at a workshop in Kenya on 26-28 September 2012.

Sixteen participants from China, India, Kenya and Europe attended the three-day workshop to review the findings and identify the key components of an overarching narrative and set of arguments to articulate a new perspective of climate resilient drylands development.

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