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With 196 million people, Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country. Around 10 per cent of its people are between 15 and 19. Agriculture is a foundation of the country’s economy, contributing to about 21 per cent of GDP, and with just over one-third of working people in the country employed in agriculture. Livestock production, largely managed by pastoral communities in Nigeria’s semi-arid areas, is an important part of Nigeria’s economy, with around 13 million families owning livestock.

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Farmers and herders in Nigeria speak to SPARC - Image by FUDECO Publications and resources

Nigeria: Some land tenure insecurity issues in Hayin Ade and Wuro Bappate

This brief is the second in a series highlighting issues facing pastoralists and agropastoralists in two areas in Nigeria: Hayin Ade in Kaduna State and Wuro Alhaji Idrisa Bappate in Taraba State.
Researchers interview women in Hayin Ade - image by Maryam Yusuf Bayero FUDECO Publications and resources

Livelihoods, conflict and mediation: Nigeria

This research is the first in a series of longitudinal studies into the impact of violent and non-violent conflict on lives and livelihoods, and mediation dynamics, in Nigeria and Somalia.
Transporting water containers from distribution point. Credit: Photo by Jonathan Kalan (p-KEN0646)/ IFRC Publications and resources

A review of tenure and governance in the pastoral lands of East and West Africa

This report looks at how increased pressures and competition for natural resources and pastoral lands in East and West Africa have affected pastoralists' governance and tenure systems.
Sahel resilience Publications and resources

Making the concept of resilience in the Sahel more useful

This brief explore the mistakes being made in how 'resilience' in the Sahel has been discussed and some practical steps that can be taken to make the word more useful.

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Delegates at the conference ‘Inclusive Investment Opportunities for Unleashing the Power of the Pastoral Sector’. Credit: Joshua Wanyama. Blog

Unleashing the power of the pastoral sector: new perspectives

Pastoralism is a critical part of Africa’s food system. Yet it is overlooked and urgently requires more support, according to speakers at a recent conference.
Female pastoralist pictured in drylands Blog

Social Media: Potential to Harness the Power of Influencers for Impactful Campaigns in the Drylands

This blog reflects on our recent webinar in which we explored how pastoralists use social media, what the recent trends are in mobile use, and how these are informing livelihoods in dryland regions.
Focus group discussions FUDECO held with women's groups - Image by FUDECO Blog

‘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.

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