BRECcIA is an ambitious programme that aims to develop research capacity in institutions in three sub-Saharan countries.
Climate variability is a key feature of dryland ecosystems across sub-Saharan Africa, where rain-fed agriculture and pastoralism characterises local subsistence and is the mainstay of national economies. Demand for water and food from growing populations and urbanisation is rising faster than the ability of countries to meet it, with some countries dependent on imported food.
The situation is exacerbated by climate change, which introduces increasingly frequent climate shocks such as droughts and flooding events. As a result, water and food security are top priorities in many sub-Saharan African countries, but policies and programmes are not yet in place that ensure all countries and their citizens have adequate access to them.
To address these challenges and improve communities’ responses to natural as well as market shocks, we need to understand the complex interactions between smallholder food production, dryland variability, the larger-scale influences of policy on food production and access, and resilience. This will require fine-scale, locally relevant research and solutions that are best developed and tested by local researchers and practitioners. Read more