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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.

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

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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.
Two young boys carrying water walk down a road next to a camp for internally displaced people near Jowhar, Somalia - Image by UN - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Features

Community-led early warning and anticipatory action in Somalia

Somalia is in a severe crisis that has built up over four failed rainy seasons. How are communities anticipating these shocks and how can we work with them to better integrate anticipatory action?
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

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