Dynamics of Poverty and Land Degradation in the Sahel (West Africa)

Poverty and land degradation are severe and interrelated problems in the Sahel. Land degradation reduces current agricultural productivity and is a form of "dissaving" natural capital that will affect future production and income. But while there is widespread interest in the linkages between poverty and land degradation in Africa, there has been little rigorous investigation of the factors that help some households escape the poverty-degradation trap and others to fall into it. This project will attempt to breach this knowledge gap. Researchers in Burkina Faso and Niger will endeavor to understand the dynamics of poverty and land degradation, identify promising options for reducing poverty and land degradation, and promote pathways suited to different development contexts in the Sahel.

Project ID

105670

Project status

Closed

Start Date

Monday, March 30, 2009

End Date

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Duration

36 months

IDRC Officer

Mbiekop Ouahouo, Flaubert

Total funding

CA$ 720,000

Countries

Burkina Faso, Niger, North of Sahara, South of Sahara

Program

Employment and Growth

Project Leader

Dr Ephraim Nkonya

Project Leader

Dr Jupiter NDJEUNGA

Institution

International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics

Institution Country

India

Institution Website

http://www.cgiar.org/icrisat