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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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A cattle trader at the animal market in Forobaranga, West Darfur.
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.
Local market traders in Pibor, South Sudan. News

Sustainable futures for drylands: SPARC at the Global Landscapes Forum

How can drylands be supported to build more sustainable and secure futures? SPARC held a dynamic plenary at the Global Landscapes Forum to explore the opportunities and challenges.

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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.
Women smallholder farmers in Kenya grow high-value crops like sweet potatoes to improve their food security and increase incomes. Features

Working together to build knowledge on pastoralism and agriculture in conflict zones

SPARC Executive Director Mark Redwood shares the vision that drives the Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture in Recurrent and Protracted Crises (SPARC) consortium.
A student at a blackboard in a class in Niamey, Niger. Features

Interview: A gear shift in addressing equality and inclusion

Katharine Vincent, SPARC Gender and Social Inclusion Lead, shares the consortium’s vision on fostering inclusivity and equality.
Community rangers guard elephants in Sera Conservancy, Kenya Features

Supporting dryland communities and economies: Causes for concern and seeds of hope

Find out more about some of the opportunities and challenges that SPARC will face as we work with donors and programmes that aim to support dryland communities and economies.

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