Haramata Communications Initiative

13 October 2008

Haramata - bulletin of the drylands - published its last issue in 2010. It had established itself as a valuable information and networking channel for people working for the sustainable development of dryland areas, mainly but not exclusively in Africa.

Published in English and French, it also sought to bridge the language divide between anglophone and francophone regions. The last issue was produced in collaboration with partners in East and West Africa. Haramata is now seeking funding to transform itself into a wider communications initiative.

Haramata - Bulletin of the Drylands

Haramata 55

Haramata 55 cover

In this issue:

Debate: The war over the Family Code in Mali; Averting an environmental catastrophe in Kenya; Role of traditional institutions in water resource governance in the Borana lowlands, southern Ethiopia.

Focus on...climate change: Copenhagen – what happened?; Voices from COP15; Climate change: the reality in Kenyan villages; Small grants to support local strategies for adaptation to climate change; Trailblazers: how the pastoralists of Diffa are coping with change; Local agreements, climate change and local development; Soil carbon sequestration; REDD – protecting climate, forests and livelihoods?;  Are we overlooking biomass energy?

Innovations: Transformative education for nomads; Pastoralists picture land use; Eradicating East Coast Fever; Solar powered drip irrigation in Benin

Also includes the regular sections: News; Books and Resources and Takeaway

Haramata 55 English and Haramata 55 French

Haramata 54

Haramata 54 cover

In this issue:

Debate: Fertilisers and the food crisis: debating soil fertility in Africa - Gender based violence among the Afar in Ethiopia.

Focus on...Biofuels: A polarised debate? - What do the experts day? - Bioenergy and pastoralism - Biofuels and land rights in Mozambique - A view from India.

Reports: Dakar's building boom - WoDaaBe herders turn unpredictability into a key resource.

Innovations: Using mobile phones in pastoral livestock marketing in Kenya.

Feedback: Offsetting the problem?

Also includes the regular sections News; Books and Resources and Takeaway

Haramata 54 English and Haramata 54 French

Haramata 53

Haramata 53In this issue:

Debate: Gender is not the problem: the problem is patriarchy; Is education a licence to exploit the people?

Focus on…Climate change: How will it affect drylands? Drought or deluge - or a bit of both....

Reports: Conflict over carbon offsets in Uganda

Also includes the regular sections: News; Innovations; Books and Resources and Takeaway

Haramata 53 English and Haramata 53 French

Haramata 52

Haramata 52In this issue:

Debate: Anchoring gender in African realities; A spectacular case of regeneration in Niger.

Focus on…China in Africa: Chinatown in Dakar; Timber trade in Mozambique.

Reports: So why don't they plan for droughts in pastoral areas?  Making land reform work for those who need it least - a lesson from South Africa

Also includes the regular sections: News; Innovations; Books and Resources and Takeaway

Download Haramata 52 English and Haramata 52 French

Haramata 51

Haramata 51Debate: Desertification - Four targets for better results;

East Africa urgently needs a framework for customary law; Women in Africa - still far to go

Reports: How “good governance” can be a bad idea – an example from Namibia; For a world where all of us control our food

Focus on…The small-town challenges of decentralisation

Also includes the regular sections: Innovations, Letterbox, Books and Resources and Takeaway

Download Haramata 51 English and Haramata 51 French

Haramata 50

Haramata 50The 50th special issue, extended to 40 pages, focuses on old and new challenges in the drylands.

The Periscope section looks at the key issues of urbanisation and climate change, while Innovations is a new feature that will examine the up-to-the-minute technologies that are changing people’s lives. Regular rubrics such as News and Books/Resources are being retained, and it’s hoped the new style will help Haramata to become a more interactive medium on the whole range of dryland concerns.

Download Haramata 50 English and Haramata 50 French

Browse and download issues of Haramata from our searchable publications database. To receive a hard copy of Haramata please contact drylands@iied.org

Drylands Issue Papers

The Drylands Programme also publishes Issue Papers (Dossiers) in English and French which provide a forum for practitioners and policy makers to share ideas and experiences on the wide range of development issues that affect people living in dryland areas. Three to four Issue Papers accompany each Haramata, allowing for subjects to be treated in greater depth.

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