Reflection on 25 years of IIED Drylands Programme
In IIED’s Reflect & Act series of brief papers, Ced Hesse and Camilla Toulmin reflect on the long-term action research of the Drylands Programme in East and West Africa. The Programme started in 1987 to bring together people with a different view, particularly anglophone and francophone researchers and NGOs in the drylands of sub-Saharan African. Through action research, targeted training and a wide range of publications, IIED and its partners gathered evidence and shaped policy, particularly around pastoralism, natural resource management, soil fertility and land tenure. They challenged common assumptions about poverty and desertification and showed that indigenous knowledge and locally controlled institutions can support productive, sustainable farms, herds and communities. Read 25 years in the drylands.