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A House Full of Trap Doors: Identifying barriers to resilient drylands in the toolbox of pastoral development

The theoretical framework for the scientific understanding of the drylands is almost the opposite today of what was mainstream in the 1970s, but the methodological infrastructure of analytical tools and practices is still catching up. As researchers and practitioners involved in dryland development depend on such infrastructure in order to operate, they are often in danger of silently reproducing the old theoretical horizon even when manifestly operating in the new one. This is the issue this paper sets out to discuss.

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  • IIED code: 10112IIED
  • Published: May 2015 - IIED
  • Area: Africa
  • Theme: Drylands and pastoralism
  • ISBN: 978-1-78431-105-6
  • Language: English

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Krätli S., Kaufmann B., Roba H., Hiernaux P., Li W., Easdale M., Hülsebusch C. 2015. A House Full of Trap Doors. Barriers to resilient drylands in the toolbox of development? IIED discussion paper, International Institute for Environment and Development, London and Edinburgh.

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