ASSAR influences Botswana's national Drought Management Strategy
In 2016, another nasty drought hit Botswana; so nasty that the President declared a national state of emergency. But of course, this wasn't a first, and sadly it won't be a last. This new normal is something that authorities have realised they have to deal with and act on. The crisis-response approach is no longer good enough.
What Africa’s drought responses teach us about climate change hotspots
The world may still argue about whether or not climate change is for real. But in vast expanses of arid southern Africa, the daily struggle to cope with a changed climate is well under way. may still argue about whether or not climate change is for real.
The Omusati Region Drought Resilience Consultative Meeting took place on 16 September 2016 at ASSAR’s research site in northern Namibia. The event followed the African Drought Conference which was held from 15 to 19 August 2016 in Windhoek.
The Namibian: Africa's drought responses teach us about climate change hot spots
In this new article featured in The Namibian, Gina Ziervogel (UCT) and Margaret Angula (UNAM) - researchers in ASSAR's Southern Africa team - examine how lessons learnt in Africa on a small scale could prove vital in how we deal with a changed climate.
Drought, Resilience and Antifragility in Kolar and Mandya
In his new article for The Wire, Arjun Srinivas - a researcher in ASSAR's India team - explains that the challenge for policymakers is to establish a robust policy architecture that is flexible, forward-thinking and enables farmers to adapt to disruptions.
Pastoralism under pressure in the drylands of East Africa
Over the next 50 years the semi-arid regions of East Africa are expected to become hotter with more wet extremes. Changes – including increased frequency and intensity of droughts and floods – are predicted to negatively impact food security, economic growth, infrastructure, human health, and wildlife and ecosystems.
How climate change is affecting people’s wellbeing in India
Rural India is reeling under acute distress owing to droughts. These resource-poor and mostly rain-fed regions of the country also have high levels of poverty, small farm sizes and low agricultural productivity.