Unlocking climate-resilient economic development in drylands: pathways to a resilient world

In this submission to the Talanoa Dialogue, PRISE puts forward the view that alongside discussions on increasing global mitigation ambition, the dialogue should also focus on enhancing adaptation and building resilience worldwide, while supporting economic transformation that is climate resilient.

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‘Leaving no one behind’ through enabling climate-resilient economic development in dryland regions

‘Leave no one behind’ is a principle central to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This policy briefing puts forward the view that public policies and investments by national governments and development partners that recognise the seasonality, mobility and informality of dryland economies as strengths, and create an enabling environment for private actors in these regions, hold real potential to spur progress towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, Leave No one Behind and the global goals on climate adaptation.

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Value Chain Analysis for Resilience in Drylands (VC-ARID): Identification of adaptation options in key sectors

This Value Chain Analysis for Resilience in Drylands (VC-ARID) synthesis report, and accompanying summaries of key findings and the methodology used, identify climate risk, adaptation options and opportunities for private sector development in Kenya, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Pakistan, and Tajikistan for the livestock and cotton sectors.

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Supporting private adaptation to climate change in semi-arid lands in developing countries

This synthesis policy brief distils broad lessons from PRISE about the kinds of policies, institutions and other public investments that can support adaptation and climate-resilient development across a broad range of private actors.

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Enabling private sector adaptation to climate change in sub-Saharan Africa

This journal paper examines existing literature on how to promote and facilitate private sector adaptation in developing countries, and how governments can create an enabling environment to stimulate and incentivise domestic private sector adaptation. With a focus on adaptation by small and medium enterprises in sub-Saharan Africa, it provides a framework to identify the key ‘building blocks’ that constitute enabling conditions for private sector adaptation.

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Price, water and trade in agriculture: an alternative to the rain dance

This working paper represents a preliminary analysis providing evidence of the importance of trade for resilience to rainfall shocks.

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Value Chain Analysis for Resilience in Drylands (VC-ARID): Identification of adaptation options in key sectors

The VC-ARID approach to value chain analysis is innovative in that it considers the specific characteristics of semi-arid systems. This synthesis report focuses on the first of the three steps within the methodology – that of Mapping the value chain. The results and recommendations for Step 2 – Assessing climate risks at each level of the value chain, and Step 3 – Identifying options for adaptation and private sector investment for climate-resilient value chain transformation – will follow in subsequent reports.

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Resilience, equity and growth in semi-arid economies: a research agenda

What do we mean by ‘equitable, climate-resilient economic growth’ in semi-arid lands (SALs)? Are fast growth, fair growth and resilient growth compatible objectives, or are trade-offs between them inevitable? This working paper sets out the rationale for PRISE’s focus on pathways for investment and development that have the potential to unlock rapid economic growth, reduce poverty and build climate resilience in SALs.

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