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Innovations for pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in fragile and conflict-affected settings

This scoping paper presents key findings from the SPARC review of the innovation landscape specific to the contexts of fragile and conflict-affected settings.

Publisher SPARC
By Christabell Makokha Carmen Jacquez Ellen Reid
Reframing aid and resilience Working in a changing climate Promoting innovative solutions Understanding land and conflict Supporting livelihoods and markets Africa Ethiopia Kenya Mali

In the dryland areas of East and West Africa, protracted and recurrent crises undermine rural livelihoods and damage agricultural systems. This leads to food insecurity and malnutrition whilst conflict and environmental vulnerability affect an increasing number of people particularly those already living in poverty. 

Given this context it is clear that programmes and policies that build resilience are critical. Within recurring and protracted humanitarian crises, especially in fragile and conflict affected settings (FCAS), there remain gaps in approaches, programmes and policies that build the resilience of agricultural livelihoods and communities. As such, innovative solutions are necessary in such dynamic contexts.

As part of its early implementation phase, the Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture in Recurrent and Protracted Crises (SPARC) programme identified innovations for pastoralists and agro-pastoralists in arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) and FCAS. For the purposes of this research and throughout SPARC’s implementation timeframe, we consider innovation as either: the development of new solutions , improvements on existing solutions or the advancements in product design, service design, processes or business models.

The research on this project identified outstanding questions with which businesses and institutions continue to grapple. Cross-cutting questions include:

This scoping paper highlights initial analysis which found that:

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