Drought Challenges

Drought Challenges

Policy Options for Developing Countries

1st Edition - September 25, 2019

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  • Editors: Everisto Mapedza, Daniel Tsegai, Michael Bruntrup, Robert Mcleman
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128148211
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128148204

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Drought Challenges: Livelihood Implications in Developing Countries, Volume Two, provides an understanding of the occurrence and impacts of droughts for developing countries and vulnerable sub-groups, such as women and pastoralists. It presents tools for assessing vulnerabilities, introduces individual policies to combat the effects of droughts, and highlights the importance of integrated multi-sectoral approaches and drought networks at various levels. Currently, there are few books on the market that address the growing need for knowledge on these cross-cutting issues. As drought can occur anywhere, the systemic connections between droughts and livelihoods are a key factor in development in many dryland and agriculturally-dependent nations.

Key Features

  • Connects the biophysical, social, economic, policy and institutional aspects of droughts across multiple regions in developing world
  • Analyzes policy linkages between government agencies, public institutions, NGOs, the private sector and communities
  • Includes a discussion of gender dimensions of drought and its impacts
  • Presents a multi-sectoral perspective, including the human dimensions of drought in developing countries


Academics working on drought management challenges and policy responses, policy makers, Climatologists, meteorologists, food scientists/ agriculturalists/ environmental engineers

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. Drought, migration, and conflict: What are the links and policy options?
    3. Lessons from the El Nino-Induced Drought for the Southern Africa Development Community
    4. Latin America and Caribbean and Northeast Brazil
    5. Drought in the Yucatan: Maya Perspectives on Tradition, Change, and Adaptation
    6. Drought adaptation in rural Colombia
    7. Drought and the Gendered Livelihoods implications for smallholder farmers
    8. Integrating regional climate and drought characteristics for effective assessment and mitigation of droughts in India
    9. Assessment, monitoring, and early warning of droughts: the potential for satellite remote sensing and beyond
    10. Drought Monitoring and assessment in South Asia: Focus on integration of satellite technology and the future of food security
    11. Early Warning Systems for drought and violent conflict - towards potential cross-pollination
    12. Making weather index insurance rational and effective for agriculture and livestock forage: Policy lessons from Andhra Pradesh
    13. Drought Risk Insurance
    14. An assessment of early warning systems to drought resilience among agricultural communities in Tanzania, Kenya and Mali
    15. Impact of Climate Smart Agriculture on Resilience of Households to Climate Change in Northern Uganda
    16. Can Social Protection Schemes deliver Resilience? Evidence from Rural Ethiopia
    17. Drought responses and livestock management strategies after severe drought in semi-arid area, Laikipia, Kenya
    18. Building resilience to drought among small scale farmers in East African drylands: technological options and governance perspectives
    19. Drought preparedness in the Arid Lands of Kenya: What have we learned?
    20. Achieving policy coherence for drought resilient food security in SSA – lessons from the Horn of Africa
    21. Managing water scarcity in dryland Colorado
    22. Conclusion

Product details

  • No. of pages: 386
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier Science 2019
  • Published: September 25, 2019
  • Imprint: Elsevier Science
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128148211
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128148204

About the Editors

Everisto Mapedza

Everisto Mapedza is a Senior Researcher at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) based in the West Africa office in Accra, Ghana. His interests include institutions, governance, social transformation and gender using the land, water and broadly natural resources lens in the context of developing countries. He is currently a member of the Executive Council of the International Association for the Study of the Commons (IASC). Dr. Mapedza was previously a Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Researcher, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Accra, Ghana

Daniel Tsegai

Daniel Tsegai is Programme Officer at the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). Dr. Tsegai was also Programme Officer at the UN-Water and Senior Researcher at the University of Bonn.

Affiliations and Expertise

Programme Officer, United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Germany

Michael Bruntrup

Mr. Brüntrup works at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) as a senior researcher. His interests cover topics related to agriculture and rural development, trade policy and food security with a geographical focus on Sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2017, he is Germany's "Science and Technology Correspondent" for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, (UNCCD).

Affiliations and Expertise

German Development Institute (DIE), Bonn, Germany

Robert Mcleman

Robert McLeman is Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Canada. A former diplomat, Dr. McLeman is an internationally recognized expert on environmental migration. He researches the relationship between drought, migration, and population change in rural areas.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies (Laurier), University of Waterloo, Canada

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