The month of June was a busy one for START and the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project, which held Transformative Scenario Planning (TSP) workshops in both Mali and Ghana. Facilitated in Ghana by Reos Partners from South Africa and by our partners at ICRISAT in Mali, the workshops brought together a range of different stakeholders from the ASSAR study-sites and different levels of government. The aim was to build relevant, challenging, plausible and clear stories around what the future of adaptation may look like through the year 2035. Driving forces that were prioritized in the workshops were availability of water,
level of political commitment, access to water and land access and ownership. Currently START, Reos Partners, our team members from the Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies at the University of Ghana, ICRISAT Mali, and Michigan State University are carrying out an iterative process of revising the draft stories with participating stakeholders. This is in preparation for a 2nd round of follow-up workshops that will be held in each country in August. Stay tuned for updates as we move forward with this exciting process!