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Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture
in Recurrent and Protracted Crises
Ethiopia - Image by K Lynch/Mercy Corps
Cattle being herded over a bridge in Mali. Publications

Stabilising the Sahel: Livestock as a driver of regional integration

This brief outlines ways to build the resilience of livestock markets in the Sahel to climate and conflict shocks, thereby improving their contribution to livelihoods, food security and the economy.
A cattle trader at the animal market in Forobaranga, West Darfur. Publications

Impacts of disruptions to livestock marketing in Sudan

This paper draws on interviews with traders and herders in Sudan, and secondary literature, to gain insight into how the suspended Hajj in 2020 affected livestock traders and herders on low incomes.
Women in a market in Lakes state, South Sudan. Publications

Livelihoods and markets in protracted conflict: a review of evidence and practice

This review considers how protracted conflict has affected livelihoods and food security in select cases, and responses undertaken to address resulting economic and social harm.

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A cattle trader at the animal market in Forobaranga, West Darfur. News

What does pastoralism have to do with climate change?

Climate change is making life hard for livestock herders in drylands, but sustainable practices can support resilience and carbon-rich ecosystems.
A donkey and cart transport goods as cattle graze near Lake Bam, Burkina Faso. News

Ministers urge more collaboration to support pastoralism in the Sahel

Leaders from the Executive Secretariat of the G5 Sahel and Reseau Billital Maroobe (RBM) urge policymakers, practitioners and donors to collaborate more to support pastoralists in the Sahel.
Jilo Tuke Dureti, from Dabassa Jaldessa, Somali Region, Ethiopia, uses a solar light and cell phone charger to light her home and charge neighbours' phones for a small fee, further increasing her ability to be self-sufficient. News

Doing things differently: innovation in drylands

What are the barriers to scaling innovation in drylands? How can we drive more innovation? SPARC shared its new research on innovation in dryland regions at the Global Landscapes Forum.

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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