A synthesis of research and learning on persistent global acute malnutrition in the Kenyan arid and semi-arid lands

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High rates of child global acute malnutrition (GAM) are a continuing problem in the Kenyan arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), despite ongoing humanitarian and development efforts. The Nawiri project aims to sustainably reduce child acute malnutrition in vulnerable communities. By the end of of the second year of the project, the partners had completed more than 20 studies.

This report synthesizes the Nawiri research findings up to the end of September 2021 in relation to the original research agenda, which was based on the conceptual framework for addressing acute malnutrition in Africa’s drylands. It presents key findings about acute malnutrition and the immediate, underlying, and basic drivers of it; implications for Nawiri; evidence gaps; and lessons for operationalizing the framework and driving systemic change. Summaries of each report are included in the annex.






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This primer on pastoralism in Africa provides basic information on the core aspects of pastoralism as a livelihood and production system.

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Cette brève introduction au pastoralisme en Afrique donne des informations élémentaires sur les principaux aspects du pastoralisme en tant que moyen d’existence et système de production.

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This briefing describes the key elements and issues associated with conflict in pastoralist areas across sub-Saharan Africa.

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Ce document d’information décrit les éléments clés et les enjeux associés aux conflits dans les zones pastorales d’Afrique subsaharienne.

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This briefing paper summarizes some of the nuances that exist and the shifts that are occurring within gender dynamics in pastoralist livelihood systems in Africa.

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