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Action Plan for Drylands Dialogue and Social Diversity

(Nairobi, 2015) The second gathering of the Drylands Dialogue meeting achieved the objective to identify priorities for research and development action plan.

On January 20-21, the second Drylands Dialogue was organized by the African Studies Center (ASC), the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry- Gender (CRP FTA), and AEGIS. The two-day meeting on drylands agriculture-forests-agroforestry-commons nexus gathered some 25 multidisciplinary experts including Dr. Dennis Garrity, Drylands Ambassador, UNCCD; Caroline King-Okumu, IIED; Esther Mwangi, CIFOR; Tobias  Haller, University of Bern; and hosted by Han van Dijk, ASC. The first Drylands Dialogue was held in Leiden, Netherlands on June 17, 2014.

Drylands Dialogue, Nairobi Jan 2015

Drylands Dialogue; Second Meeting in Nairobi Jan 20-21, 2015

Thematically the two-day meeting was divided in a knowledge part (day I) and a policy-action part (day II). The key objective of the meeting was to build a research-development action plan, building on the results of the first meeting. The research part was devoted to (1) the climate-food security; (2) the education-economic development; and (3) the conflict-land tenure and natural-resource management.

Each of the themes were shortly introduced by one or two participants. Prof. Han van Dijk introduced the agenda emphasizing the strength of the meeting being participants were representing diverse backgrounds all interconnected to drylands. Dr. Garrity presented examples of ‘good things’ happening in drylands; while Dr. Samimi’s talk highlighted the challenges on how different data products used for modelling may give outcomes and expressed the need for trans-disciplinary research. Prof. Jesse Njoka shared his experiences in education in and about drylands as an example to follow-up.

Gender remained as a cross-cutting theme. Social diversity in the drylands (race, ethnicity, social class, gender and youths) was introduced by Dr. Purabi Bose via Skype and highlighted on key five research agenda including people-centric, knowledge, identity, access and tenure, and political representation in Africa, but also in Latin America (e.g. Gran Chaco) and in India.

The second day focus was on the global-local linkages of policy, and the rest of the morning discussion centred on how to link research to development introduced by Dr. David Thomas and Dr. Aden Aw-Hassan both representing ICARDA. In the afternoon time was devoted on how to organize in practice better institutional and interdisciplinary collaboration.

The two-day Drylands Dialogue concluded with a reconnaissance of the possibilities to further develop this research-policy network, and/or a platform to foster brainstorming and to develop action plan on current and emerging research and development themes. All participants underscored the importance and usefulness of this new initiative and committed themselves to the further development of the Drylands Dialogue as a network platform.

This blog was contributed by Han van Dijk.

To receive the detailed report and to join this Drylands Dialogue initiative network kindly contact us via Email: Han van Dijk dijkh(at)ascleiden.nl; Purabi Bose purabib2(at)gmail.com

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