Why gender sensitive research requires a bottom-up approach that works directly with communities, rather than a top-down approach that fails to recognise the real-life consequences of entrenched gender norms.
Land degradation is one of the biggest and expanding threat to smallholder farmers in the drylands across the globe. In Chad researchers, government and development are working together to find solutions with the help of spatial soil data visualization.
An evaluation finds real change in three specific areas: demonstrating landscape approaches in ways that encourage farmers, the government, donors and NGOs to embrace these strategies; innovating with geospatial data; and promoting and removing barriers to conservation technologies.
The work would influence the development of novel policies supporting carbon capture, improved water quality, habitat and connectivity for biodiversity and more, whilst recognizeing those services that benefit agriculture.