Dialogues

our research, learning and innovation agenda

Alongside our research, the impact collaborations and other activities, the Observatory convenes and contributes to dialogues that help to guide its agenda, build partnerships and influence the actions of policy, research and practitioner communities.

In April 2022, our first face to face community of practice meeting in Nairobi, Kenya was key to framing our wider agenda and priorities. The second meeting took place in May 2023, again in Kenya. The third meeting took place in May 2024.

In February 2024, we co-organized a workshop on ‘policy disconnects and their effects on pastoralists in Eastern Africa’ with the Center for Research and Development in the Drylands and the Feinstein International Center of Tufts University. Read a summary

During 2022, we joined with partners to convene a series of virtual mini-dialogues to explore potential issues that should be on the Observatory agenda.

    • The definition and timing of anticipatory action to food crises in East Africa: do they matter? View or Download a summary brief.
    • Enablers and blockers for effective anticipatory action against food crises in East African drylands. View or Download a summary brief.
    • Data-driven early warning, prediction and analysis for coordinated/directed food security action in East Africa’s drylands. View or Download a summary brief
    • Integrating community-based knowledge to advance early warning and anticipatry action on food security in drylands of the Horn of Africa. View or Download a summary brief.
    • Livestock as pathways to food-secure and resilient livelihoods and ecosystems in climate-vulnerable drylands of the Horn of Africa. View or Download a summary brief.
    • Enhancing drought prediction, preparation and response, and climate resilience in dry areas: The scope for more and better livestock data. View the summary.
    • De-risking, financial security and safety nets for more resilient and food-secure communities in the drylands of the Horn of Africa. View or Download a summary brief.

Environmental roles and impacts of livestock – balanced evidence needed

Guyo Roba explores the roles of livestock in sub-Saharan Africa – saviours or villains?

De-risking, financial security and safety nets for more resilient dryland communities

How dryland communities can de-risk their livelihoods in the face of droughts was the focus of an Observatory dialogue

Policy and practice disconnects facing pastoral areas of the Horn of Africa

Ian Scoones asks if humanitarian, emergency and development interventions genuinely build resilience

Livestock as pathways to food secure and resilient ecosystems in the Horn of Africa

How the potential of livestock can be realised in the drylands was the focus of an Observatory dialogue

Integrating community knowledge to advance anticipatory action

How local information can have larger roles in early warning systems was the focus of an Observatory dialogue

Data-driven early warning, prediction and analysis for food security action in East Africa

How well-coordinated and effective early action can better employ data was the focus of an Observatory dialogue

Localisation and anticipatory action: webinar take-aways

Local organisations are critical in early action. Susan Njambi-Szlapka shares key points from a webinar on ‘localisation’

Enablers and blockers for effective anticipatory action against food crises

Managing factors that block or enable effective anticipatory actions was the focus of an Observatory dialogue

The definition and timing of anticipatory action to tackle food crises: do they matter?

How to balance immedite humanitarian needs in a crisis with anticipatory actions was the focus of an Observatory dialogue