Adaptation to environmental change and resilient development processes among farmers and livestock keepers

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Resilience, development and drylands


One of the focus areas of the Livestock Systems and Environment (LSE) program at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) through the CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems is on adaptation and resilience. Here, the objective is to build capacity for adaptation to environmental change and resilient development processes among farmers and livestock keepers.

Over the next weeks, we shall publish a series of blogs featuring newly published work by scientists in the LSE program on going research on adaptation and resilience research in drylands.

In this first article in the series, Lance Robinson, a systems analyst at ILRI, explains ‘resilience’ and current trends in understanding and applying the concept.

The building of resilience has become a core objective, an organizing concept and even part of the mission statements of many organizations working in development and humanitarian relief. Resilience is extolled as a concept that can help to bridge the much criticized division between development and humanitarian relief (Pain and Levin 2012). While the term has become the pre-eminent buzzword for those of us working in these fields, it is not just a buzzword: tens of millions of dollars are spent on resilience programming and it is vitally important that we know what we mean by resilience and that we have some way of assessing when we have or have not strengthened it.

Read the full article: ILRI


Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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