Drought Resilience Crops: Unapt Techno-mix or Key indeed to Drought Resilience?

11.05.2017 | Bonn

Event series „Research Meets Development: Drought Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa” from 06.04.2017 to 13.07.2017

Predicted global warming for West Africa (plus 1.5 to 6.5 C) is likely to trigger shorter rainy seasons, generally more arid and semi-arid conditions, longer dry spells and more extreme events such as droughts. Unless actions are taken by policymakers and researchers to boost production for the agricultural based-economies in West Africa, food and water security and poverty alleviation is unlikely. An analysis by the International Institute of Tropical Agricultures (IITA) underlined that farmers in, for instance Northern Ghana, consider drought and floods as most important challenges to secure income and gain food security. Maize, as one of the principle food crops in West Africa next to millet, sorghum, and others, has in particular been subject to many research efforts including the development of drought–resilient varieties. Recently released varieties include e.g. open pollinated (OPV) and hybrid varieties, which were distributed through national seeds systems, also in Ghana. Research efforts to reach high yielding varieties that are drought resilient and tolerant against major pests and diseases included the development of GMOs also, but this is not without critics.

National policies have to be considered and the mechanisms for the registration and release of new varieties have to be observed. Using the endeavours of the “Drought Tolerant Maize for Africa”- project as a kick-off example, best practises, lessons learned and existing controversies will be addressed and discussed to help creating advices for research and praxis.

Special efforts are planned to extend the discussion among the panel members by including the audience as well.

Tahirou Abdoulaye (IITA)
David Millar (Farmer, teacher at University of Tamale, Ghana)
Ernst Mill (GIZ)

The event series will be held in English language.

The lectures in detail:

06.04.2017 – Opening Event: Drought resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa and its relevance for food security, conflict and migration

24.04.2017 – Enhancing Drought Resilience through Comprehensive Early Warning Systems

11.05.2017 – Drought Resilience Crops: Unapt Techno-mix or Key indeed to Drought Resilience?

31.05.2017 – Social Protection – A Main Pillar in Drought Resilience? Practical Experiences and Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

27.06.2017 – Improving Drought Resilience of Sub-Saharan Agriculture: Opportunities and Challenges in Irrigation and Water Governance

06.07.2017 – Interventions in Rural Dynamics - Research and Development Work in the Context of Pastoral Societies in Afar/Ethiopia

13.07.2017 – Closing Event: Drought Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa - Lessons Learned for Cooperative Action

Zentrum für Entwicklungsforschung (ZEF)
Walter-Flex-Straße 3
53113 Bonn

Thursday, 11 May 2017, 18:00 till 20:00


Ina Klemke (DIE)

Further information

More information on DIE-Website.


A pre-registration would be appreciated before May 7, 2017 through Amir Housseinpour: hosseinpour@uni-bonn.de.