Assessing the Dynamics of Poverty and Land Degradation in the Sahelian Countries of West Africa

Published on 7 July 2010

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Start Date: 20 March 2009 | End Date: 19 March 2012


The overall goal of the project is to contribute to improved rural livelihood outcomes and natural resource management in the Sahel. The immediate purpose is to improve understanding of the dynamics of poverty and land degradation and the factors affecting these, identify promising best-fit options to promote sustainable and poverty reducing development pathways suited to different development contexts of the Sahel, and recommend effective strategies to promote these options.

The specific objectives of the project are:

·To identify and analyze pathways into or out of poverty and land degradation that are occurring in different development contexts of the Sahel and understand the key factors affecting these dynamics.

· To identify promising development pathways for reducing poverty and land degradation and bestfit technological, institutional and policy options to promote such promising development pathways in different development contexts.

· To strengthen the capacity of research collaborators, development practitioners, policy makers, policy analysts and other stakeholders in the Sahelian region to identify poverty and land degradation traps, promising development pathways and effective strategies to promote these

· To widely communicate the lessons learned from this project to stakeholders within and beyond the Sahelian region, so that the methods and findings will be used more broadly in the development community

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