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What are the topical and pressing issues, in research and policy that inform programming and funding to support pastoralists and farmers in dryland regions? What are the perspectives and priorities of dryland communities? Read our News articles to keep updated.

Poster of webinar on opportunities for digital financial and information services to build resilience in Nigeria

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A Saudi returnee with a mobile phone returns to her home in Ethiopia - image by Ayene / UNICEF - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED Blog

Digital financial and information services can transform the livelihoods of agro producers across Ethiopia. This blog - based on a SPARC, Dalberg Research and Mercy Corps AgriFin event - explains how.
IDPs who have been displaced by fighting in the Bajaur tribal area on the Pak-Afghan border have poured in to the Jalozai refugee camp at Nowshera in the North West Frontier Province. Credit: Abdul Majeed Goraya/IRIN. Blog

What do aid practitioners need to do to engage more seriously with context? Simon Levine unpacks the key lessons from SPARC's new report.
A farmer in Menz, Ethiopia gets help from her 10 year old daughter in keeping her sheep. Blog

SPARC’s Director reflects on what is most needed to support climate resilience in the drylands of Africa and the Middle East.
SPARC Dalberg Research and MercyCorps AgriFin webinar on the role of digital financial and information services to support producer livelihoods in Kenya Blog

How can digital financial and information services support producer livelihoods in Kenya? This blog shares key highlights from a joint SPARC, Dalberg Research and Mercy Corps AgriFin webinar.
A mother leads her goats to pasture in the drought-afflicted Somali region of Ethiopia, 2022. Credit UNICEF Ethiopia Mulugeta Ayene. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 DEED Blog

Somalia’s experiences can help us understand the obstacles which other conflict-affected countries face in terms of accessing and using climate finance – and how they can be overcome.
Women in a market in Lakes State, South Sudan. Credit: UNDP South Sudan/Brian Sokol Blog

The latest findings from the work of SPARC and Kenyatta University in South Sudan’s Jonglei State reinforce the need for gender-transformative climate adaptation planning.
wheat field Blog

This blog summarises the findings of a recently published report from SPARC, that looks at the spike in food prices in Mali and Sudan between 2019-2022, in part pushed higher by war in Ukraine.
Photographs of Tahira Mohamed and Samuel Derbyshire News

SPARC and the Jameel Observatory for Food Security Early Action welcome two post-doctoral fellows working on pastoralism in drought-affected countries in East Africa.
 Selling freshly caught fish in Orimedu, Lagos State, Nigeria - Image by Arne Hoel / World Bank - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 News

New IDRC funding will help SPARC to examine the impact of commodity and food price rises in Africa’s fragile environments and inform responses to support the protection of dryland livelihoods.

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