POLISES (short for ‘Policy Instruments and Social-Ecological Systems’) is a Junior Research Group. We investigate policy impacts on livestock and crop smallholders in drylands, with a strong focus on pastoralists.
Our research is based on case studies in East Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya) and North Africa (Morocco). In this context, we aim to explore the impact of policy instruments – in particular risk-coping mechanisms, environment-related policies and land use policies – on the social-ecological resilience of smallholders. POLISES is based at the in Leipzig, Department of , and has additional ties with the Institute of at Osnabrück University.
The fight against hunger is an urgent global challenge. Food security policies that focus on smallholders in developing countries enjoy substantial funding. However, only limited knowledge is available on
- how these policies change land use practices,
- whether unintended side effects may occur, and
- what happens under the influence of global change.