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A New Dryland Development Paradigm Grounded in Empirical Analysis of Dryland Systems Science

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mark Reed



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© 2017 The Authors. Global drylands face a host of urgent human and environmental challenges with far-reaching impacts. Improving smallholder agriculture remains a key development pathway to tackle these challenges. The dryland development paradigm (DDP), introduced in 2007, presented a highly influential framework for dryland development based on systems research. This paper empirically derives a new, updated DDP. It assesses recent, cutting-edge dryland science, combining literature review with qualitative and quantitative analysis of research published by the world's largest dryland science and development research initiative. The new DDP comprises eight characteristics that are distilled into three integrative principles: Unpack, Traverse and Share. The new DDP is applied and tested to identify key dryland knowledge and development gaps. A future research agenda is then elucidated, grounded in a research in development approach, in which research anchored in the three integrative principles is embedded within the context it seeks to improve. Supported by greater trans-disciplinarity and knowledge co-production, operationalization of the new DDP can deliver both novel scientific insights and development impact in line with the aspirations of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Stringer LC, Reed MS, Fleskens L, Thomas RJ, Le QB, Lala-Pritchard T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Land Degradation and Development

Year: 2017

Volume: 28

Issue: 7

Pages: 1952-1961

Print publication date: 01/10/2017

Online publication date: 22/02/2017

Acceptance date: 14/02/2017

Date deposited: 10/07/2017

ISSN (print): 1085-3278

ISSN (electronic): 1099-145X

Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd


DOI: 10.1002/ldr.2716


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