Small Grants Programme: Analysing the economic development impact of semi-arid lands, and mitigation through food-trade water resource decoupling


This report seeks to establish the relationship between semi-arid lands and national economic development, and the potential of food/agricultural trade to buffer semi-arid land vulnerability and mitigate water scarcity. It investigates a key assumption in development thinking – that water limits in semi-arid areas constrain economic growth.

The research findings have the potential to influence future policy on whether investment should be directly targeted at semi-arid lands, or whether wider national institutional and capacity considerations should be given more attention as a means of mitigating vulnerability.



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