Pathways to resilience in semi-arid economies (PRISE)


Globally, more than 1 billion people live in semi-arid lands. Many semi-arid areas in developing countries suffer from relatively low economic growth, high levels of poverty and increasing climate change impacts. Shifting climatic zones are also expanding these areas.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned semi-arid regions are particularly susceptible to periods of drought and erratic rainfall. These climate change hotspots already suffer from limited access to markets, low productivity, water shortages and insufficient infrastructure.

This project aims to spur climate–resilient development in African and Asian semi-arid lands by identifying economic threats and opportunities resulting from climate change.

The project team is working with stakeholders in government, business, civil society, and regional economic organisations, focusing on their practical needs to shed light on climate risks and opportunities, leading to better informed policies and investments for climate resilience. Research takes place in Burkina Faso, Kenya, Pakistan, Senegal, Tajikistan, and Tanzania.

This project is part of the Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA), funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the UK Government’s Department for International Development.

Project partners: Overseas Development Institute (UK), Innovation, Environnement et Développement Afrique (Senegal), and the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (Pakistan).


For further information on the project visit the official PRISE website