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Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture
in Recurrent and Protracted Crises

Alex is a Research Advisor with Mercy Corps, where he focuses on topics related to resilience in humanitarian crises.

He led Mercy Corps' Currency of Connections research initiative in Uganda and South Sudan, where he lived from 2017-19. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and a Master's Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Alex lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Young woman harvests vegetables at home, Biu, Nigeria - Photo Credit: Ezra Millstein/Mercy Corps Publications

Living with compounding livelihood shocks: How agropastoralists in Nigeria's drylands are coping and adapting

This paper discusses the effects of compounding shocks and stresses in agropastoral communities in Nigeria. It presents findings on the ways that households are coping and adapting to uncertainty.
Villagers going home after building an embankment in anticipation of flooding on the River Juba, Somalia. - Mercy Corps Publications

Understanding the role of anticipatory action in Somalia

This brief is the first part of a series highlighting learnings that are emerging from a longitudinal study on anticipatory action in Somalia.
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.
Sunrise in a cattle ranch in Kaduna State, Nigeria Publications

Conflict in the time of Covid-19

In this brief, SPARC speaks to farmers and pastoralists in conflict-affected drylands of Nigeria to gauge how Covid-19, and lockdown measures, have affected their social relationships.

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Cattle outside Bentiu town in South Sudan. Features

The impacts of Covid-19 on farmers and herders in South Sudan: one cannot farm alone

Covid-19 and pandemic responses have affected farmers, pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in South Sudan in many different ways. SPARC interviewed some of the people impacted.
A girl stands watch over a herd of goats at Bakara Animal Market in Mogadishu. Features

One more of life’s difficulties: the impacts of Covid-19 on livelihoods in Somalia

How are rural families in Somalia dealing with the impacts of Covid-19? SPARC speaks to farmers, agropastoralists, pastoralists and traders.