Who we are

Based at the International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi, Kenya, we are an international partnership led by the University of Edinburgh collaborating with the International Livestock Research Institute, Save the Children, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) and Community Jameel.

Launching in Kenya and partnering initially with communities in East Africa, our global community of practice unites data, science and practice for food-secure and resilient lives and livelihoods in drylands worldwide. The Observatory is guided and coordinated by an advisory group of people from the partners and beyond.


By working together, the partnership aims to build complementarity and to reach places where others cannot.


Critical to our success is working in partnership with communities as well as governments, the private sector, civil society, research and academia, multinational organisations and UN agencies.


In a complex and fragile environment, the partnership is keen to work with new and disruptive thinkers. It is clear that we won’t have solutions to every problem. Engaging  with agencies from all sectors will help the partnership to develop new approaches to existing and future problems.


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