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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 News articles to keep updated.

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

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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.
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.
A camel trader with his herd in a Somali Region livestock market - Image by USAID - CC BY-NC 2.0 News

Addressing transboundary climate and adaptation risks in Sudan and the Sahel

In this article, the SPARC research team speak to Climate Home about why taking a regional approach is crucial to address climate and adaptation risks that cross borders.
Woman ploughing soil in Mali. Image by Ray Witlin / World Bank - CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 News

Improving programming and policy to address climate change and conflict

Funding for climate adaptation in fragile settings continues to be overlooked, but new research shows how investing in local governance is key to supporting regions affected by climate and conflict.
A Somali woman drawing water from an artificial pond (Photo: UNDP Somalia) News

What we can learn from Somalia about anticipating climate disaster

If pastoralists, farmers and traders could better anticipate when an extreme weather event was coming, could they take action earlier, to protect their livelihoods?

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