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Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture
in Recurrent and Protracted Crises

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 Features articles to keep updated.

Farmer field day - International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas Ethiopia - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
The drought in Kenya has exacerbated the water shortage. People carry water with donkeys./ Credit:Bünyamin Aygun/ Milfoto (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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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.
Drought in Kenya's Ewaso Ngiro river basin. Credit: Water Alternatives Photo/ Climate Center Features

Living with certainty: pastoralists grapple with drought in Horn of Africa

Pastoralists in the Horn of Africa respond well to different kinds of uncertainty. While this drought’s outcomes remain uncertain, it’s clear the months ahead will be difficult for the majority.
A Somali woman holds a malnourished child, waiting for medical assistance from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Photo ID 480269. 16/07/2011. Mogadishu, Somalia. UN Photo/Stuart. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Features

Closing the action gap: How humanitarian and climate adaptation actors can support resilience in conflict zones

As part of the World Leaders’ Summit at COP26, international leaders and experts discussed the causes of this action gap and key measures to increase investment in climate change adaptation
In the arid and dry region of Isiolo in Kenya, communities are learning of a new irrigation scheme. Photo: EU Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations/Martin Karimi Features

Anticipatory action for drought: making a difference for pastoralists and farmers in the Horn of Africa

Can anticipatory action become a key strategy for dealing with projected climate extremes and improve resilience? Find out more on what was said during this Resilience Hub virtual event at COP 26.
Sir David Attenborough and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the launch of COP26 - Image by Number 10 - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Features

Looking ahead - SPARC at COP26

The 26th Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC (COP26) has begun, and the SPARC team is there. We asked some of the programme members to share their hopes and expectations for COP26.
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.