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ASSAR: Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions

This is a 5-year research and research-into-use project awarded by the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC) under the CARIAA programme (Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia). The project focuses primarily on issues of water and land stress in the semi-arid regions of Africa and Asia, and how changing climates could amplify risks. ASSAR is examining the dynamics and drivers of people’s vulnerability (in terms of livelihoods and broader wellbeing), while exploring ways to promote the resilience of people, local organisations and governments. UEA is one of five lead institutions in the consortium, and manages the regional research programme in East Africa, working mainly with partners in Ethiopia and Kenya. UEA regional team members are Jessica Budds, Laura Camfield, Vasudha Chhotray, Roger Few, Jennifer Leavy, Nitya Rao, Poshendra Satyal, and Mark Tebboth.

UEA Team

Professor Mark New, Principal Investigator

Dr Roger Few, Co-Principal Investigator


University of Cape Town

Indian Institute for Human Settlements

Oxfam International

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Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC)