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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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Somali region drought response - Image by Mulugeta Ayene / Unicef Ethiopia - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
A cattle trader at the animal market in Forobaranga, West Darfur - Image by Albert González Farran / UNAMID
Somali women stand near a water point at Dayniile IDP camp in Somalia - Image by UN/ Tobin Jones - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 News

SPARC is awarded A+ rating by the UK Government

SPARC's dedication to generate and deliver timely research is officially recognised in the programme's recent annual review.
Asabey John from Borno State, Nigeria - Image by Conflict & Development at Texas A&M University - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 News

“If knowledge is power, then sharing knowledge is sharing power.”

SPARC launches new partnership working with women and girls from dryland communities in the Sahel to build more resilient, equitable livelihoods.
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.

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Men unload sacks of onions in a farmers market in Bamako, Mali - Image by Dominic Chavez / World Bank - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Features

We need more action to reform how climate finance is raised, directed and accessed in West Africa

Changing the way that climate finance is raised, directed and accessed in West Africa is long overdue. Here SPARC shares what needs to be done.
Residents of Mogadishu - Image by Tobin Jones/ UN - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Features

Why we urgently need to fund climate adaptation in fragile- and conflict-affected countries like Somalia

For far too long countries affected by fragility and conflict, like Somalia, have faced obstacles when accessing climate finance. Here our experts share insight into what needs to change and why.
Dollars - Image by Antonin - CC BY-SA 2.0 Features

COP27: Climate finance continues to miss many of the world’s most vulnerable

As political leaders, donors, researchers and practitioners gather for COP27, the conference must be a platform to urge for more investment to support some of the world's most vulnerable.
Tanzanians use mobile money platforms to pay bills - Image by Angaza / DIVatUSAID - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Features

Gateway to Tanzania’s pastoralist markets: social media

What role can social media platforms play to support pastoralists in Tanzania? Read this article as part of our ongoing research into the role of innovation to build resilience in dryland regions.
A mobile phone is charged using a car battery in Kiwanji, Uganda - Image by Ken Banks - CC BY 2.0 Features

Tax burden keeping Ugandan pastoralists offline despite growing social media opportunity

Smart investment in Uganda's mobile infrastructure for pastoralist markets holds real potential to support resilience building in the country's drylands. This article explains why this matters.
Focus group discussions FUDECO held with women's groups - Image by FUDECO Features

‘Educating a woman is educating society’

A girls’ education advocacy initiative led by SPARC partners in the drylands of Nigeria is uniting pastoralist communities. Here we share why investing in gender equality in fragile contexts is vital.

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