This is a regional program for Eastern and Southern Africa, which is offered at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. Africa faces the challenge of ensuring sustainable manage-ment of Dryland resources. Consequently there is need to build capacity for capacity building for sound management of Dryland ecologies. These are areas with great potential for economic development, reduction of hunger and pov-erty. The interventions must take into account the plastici-ty associated with these highly variable ecosystems and requires multi-partner interventions to elucidate and ad-dress various interactions within ecosystems as a whole. The focus is cross-sectoral and requires partners to actively engage with end-users in an innovation process. It is against this framework that the PhD programme in Dryland resource management was developed. The programme provides a platform through which the needed knowledge management is a key thrust in working with affected com-munities to create sustainable change in Dryland farming systems in the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESA) region and beyond. The programme opened doors to the first group of eighteen (18) students from seven (7) countries in 2008. Subsequent intakes reported in 2010, 2011, 2012 up to 2015.
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