The four country study of change, 1960-2000
The recent four-country study explores linkages between long-term environmental change, population growth and technological change, and identifies the policies and institutions which are conducive to sustainable development and the enhancement of livelihoods. The method used is that of analysing long-term changes in the economic, social and environmental background in a series of profiles, using techniques appropriate to the subject matter. The evolution of the decision-making by small farmers and livestock producers is then examined in a country synthesis paper, which sets these in the context of population growth, climatic and environmental change, and government policies and projects. Drylands Research collaborated with teams of experienced national scientists in the countries concerned, who carried out the profiles, and who brought a range of inter-disciplinary expertise to a workshop at which the challenge of identifying those policies which support productive investments and sustainable use of natural and other resources was addressed. This led into the production of a country synthesis paper.
The four linked studies were carried out in:
The project was made up of two parallel studies and a subsequent international workshop and in-country endorsement exercise:
1. Policy requirements for farmer investment in semi-arid Africa
Country Team leaders were Francis Gichuki (Kenya), Abdou Fall and Adama Faye (Senegal). For mini-biographies, select About Us
2. Kano-Maradi study of long-term change
Country Team leaders were Boubacar Yamba (Niger) and J Ayodele Ariyo (Nigeria). For mini-biographies, select About Us
3. The London workshop and the in-country endorsement exercise
Subsequently, DFID made available some additional funding for in-country endorsement exercises, so that the results could be tested by being presented and debated at the level of the sampled villages, the study District, and the nation. This was felt to be a necessary step to gain confidence in the results so that team members and others could discuss their relevance to policy needs in particular countries, and promote their entry into debates about policy changes required to bring about an enabling environment for investment, conservation and development of rural human and natural resources.
To read research implications and policy dialogues, select: Research Implications and Policy Dialogues