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Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture
in Recurrent and Protracted Crises

What are the key debates, and 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 and Features articles to keep updated.

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Asabey John from Borno State, Nigeria - Image by Conflict & Development at Texas A&M University - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Rendille village women, semi-nomadic pastoralists, North Kenya – Photo by Carsten ten Brink - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Bakara animal market, Mogadishu, Somalia - Image by AMISOM - public domain. News

Event: Is Early Warning just a buzzword? Learning lessons from real-time monitoring and anticipatory action efforts

Join SPARC at this hybrid event as we share our evidence from pastoralists in Somalia on the role of early warning and real-time learning to improve the future design of anticipatory action.
Cattle cool down in a reservoir in Zorro village, Burkina Faso, Ollivier Girard/CIFOR, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 News

United Nations declare 2026 the International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists

The United Nations General Assembly declares 2026 the International Year of Rangelands and Pastoralists.
Credit: S. Sheridan - Ethiopia, 05/2016 (Mercy Corps) News

Innovation, pastoralism and climate change in Africa's drylands

SPARC research shows how social and technological innovations can help pastoralists in the African drylands cope with increasingly unpredictable rainfall patterns.

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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.
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.
Improved Food Security - Photo by USAID- CC BY-NC 2.0 Features

We need to talk about resilience

How re-thinking how we understand 'resilience' can spur climate, development and humanitarian actors to work together to support people in the Sahel facing complex, multiple challenges.
Women Sell Cassava Flour at Market, Abuja / Image: IFPRI/Milo Mitchell, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Features

The Russia-Ukraine War: What will happen to food prices, and what can we learn from prior shocks?

Read here about the effects of the Russian-Ukrainian war on commodity prices (wheat and fertiliser) and policy implications for countries in North and sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East
Building shelter at the Mentao Nord camp in Burkina Faso - Image by Oxfam International / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Features

How can climate finance work better for fragile and conflict-affected regions?

Researchers at SPARC and UNDP share how smarter climate finance can support some of the most vulnerable people living with the impacts of both climate and insecurity to build their resilience.
Communities who have been victims of Boko Haram in Northeastern Nigeria - Image by Immanuel Afolabi/Center on Conflict and Development at Texas A&M University Features

SPARC at COP26: Learning the lessons and looking ahead

Discover how some of the key lessons that emerged from COP26 will inform the future direction of SPARC research and engagement.

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