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Valuing variability: new perspectives on climate resilient drylands development

Saverio Krätli

Book, 90 pages

This book is a challenge to those who see the drylands as naturally vulnerable to food insecurity and poverty.

It argues that improving agricultural productivity in dryland environments is possible by working with climatic uncertainty rather than seeking to control it – a view that runs contrary to decade of development practice in arid and semi-arid lands.

Across China, Kenya and India – and most other dryland countries – family farmers and herders relate to the inherent variability of the drylands as a resource to be valued, rather than a problem to be avoided.

By exploring these vibrant agricultural economies that take advantage of variability, this book inverts longstanding negative views about food security in the drylands.

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Since 2006, we have done significant innovative work with partners to dispel the misconception that drylands are unproductive, generating evidence on returns from drylands to contribute to positive policy by fighting policymakers' misconceptions that drylands are economically inefficient and environmentally destructive.

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