COVID-19 in African, Asian, and North American Drylands


This Working Group focuses on the impacts of COVID-19 in the drylands of three continents, and the local responses to the pandemic’s containment measures. Covering 40% of the earth, drylands feature low rainfall and sparse vegetation. Historically home to pastoralists used to deal with environmental variability, their inhabitants face increasing challenges from climate instability, political marginalization, inadequate school and health services, and land use conflicts. Our research relies exclusively on data and insights shared by collaborative researchers who live in the affected areas. Together, we explore and analyze dryland residents’ understandings and experiences of the unfolding crisis, and their visions for post-pandemic futures.

Contributing Scholars

Ts. Baasankhorloo, Khentai Province, Mongolia
Amadou Kane Beye, Université de Dakar & University of Bern
Dinah Kortom Chepkemoi, West Pokot County, Kenya
Nate Etsitty, Diné Nation, Arizona, USA
D. Ganbat, Khentai Province, Mongolia
Daniel Kishanto, Kajiado County, Kenya
Aboukar Mahamat, Maroua, Cameroon
Brahim Mahamat Ali, Hadjer Hadid, Chad
Dobah Marsala, N’Djamena, Chad
Daniel Mayiani, Loitokitok and Kitengela, Kajiado County, Kenya
Lenaai ole Mowuo, Loita Hills, Narok County, Kenya
Matinkoi ole Mowuo, Loita Hills, Narok County, Kenya
Tautiko Mungandjera, Khomas Region, Namibia
Stanley ole Neboo, Talek, Narok County, Kenya
Primus Nurudong, Upper West Region, Ghana
Moumoumi Ouande, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Alizeta Ouedraogo, Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo & Université de Lyon
Ahmed Abd ElWahid Abd ElRahim, Khartoum, Sudan
Debra Seenoi, Narok County, Kenya

Working Group Leads

Joana Roque De Pinho, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa and Angela Kronenburg García, University of Padua

Working Group Members

Juliana Agyei-Mensah, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
Jamal Alkirnawi, A New Dawn in the Negev
Batbuyan Batjav, Center for Nomadic Pastoralism Studies
Iuliia Bautdinova, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
Andrea Behrends, University of Bayreuth
Carla Braga, Eduardo Mondlane University
Inês Caetano, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
Aude Chesnais, Village Earth
Eduard Gargallo, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
Mara J. Goldman, University of Colorado Boulder
Nurit Hashimshony-Yaffe, Academic College of Tel Aviv Yaffo
Jona Heita, University of Namibia
Zaira Tas Kronenburg, Leiden University College
Stephen Moiko, McGill University & NaBaRa Consult
Andrea Pase, University of Padua
Troy Sternberg, University of Oxford
Virginie Tallio, Institute for Social Research in Africa

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