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Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture
in Recurrent and Protracted Crises
Asabey John from Borno State, Nigeria - Image by Conflict & Development at Texas A&M University - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
SARD-SC Wheat improvement (Kano, Nigeria). Credit: ICARDA/ CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Publications

Impacts of war on food prices and food security in potentially vulnerable countries

War in Ukraine may be distant, but may still affect countries in the global south as war drives up the prices of commodities. Just how serious is this threat?
Credit: S. Sheridan - Ethiopia, 05/2016 Publications

Innovations for pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in fragile and conflict-affected settings

This scoping paper presents key findings from the SPARC review of the innovation landscape specific to the contexts of fragile and conflict-affected settings.
Woman Tending to the goats in Kenya. Credit: Jakob Dall - Danish Red Cross (p-KEN0534) Publications

Financing livestock trade: Formal and informal finance in Kenya, Mali and Somalia

This report looks at the degree to which traders marketing livestock from the rangelands use formal financial services, and examines the development of these financial services.

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Farmer field day - International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas Ethiopia - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Features

A global crisis is affecting food prices for millions far beyond Ukraine

The war in Ukraine is helping to push up food prices globally. SPARC Executive Director Mark Redwood discusses how we can support pastoralists in Africa to build their resilience to shocks.
Rendille village women, semi-nomadic pastoralists, North Kenya – Photo by Carsten ten Brink - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 News

SPARC receives new IDRC grant to empower women in Africa’s fragile environments

Find out more about a new SPARC research project working with researchers and women and girls in the Sahel to advance gender equality in fragile food systems.
The drought in Kenya has exacerbated the water shortage. People carry water with donkeys./ Credit:Bünyamin Aygun/ Milfoto (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Features

Severe drought continues to threaten livelihoods in the drylands of the Horn of Africa

Reflecting on how drought has affected the livelihoods of pastoralists in the Horn of Africa, and looking forward. Read more here.

Building resilience. Providing expertise. Improving lives.

Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture in Recurrent and Protracted Crises

Our ambition is to generate evidence and address knowledge gaps to build the resilience of millions of pastoralists, agro-pastoralists and farmers in semi-arid regions, and fragile and conflict-affected areas, of sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

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