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Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture
in Recurrent and Protracted Crises

Pastoralism is one of the main livelihood options for millions in this East African country of 15.5 million people.  Livestock production and exports are an important part of Somalia’s economy, as is farming – with around 83 per cent of the working population employed in agriculture.

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Somali women living in El Waq, a small town in Somalia have long suffered years of conflict, marginalization and drought/ Credit: Mohamed Abdullah Adan, PACT (CC BY-NC 2.0) Publications

Exploring the conflict blind spots in climate adaptation finance in the Sahel and Horn of Africa

This research accompanies the synthesis report ‘Exploring the conflict blind spots in climate adaptation finance’, which provides key recommendations based on the findings in this working paper.
Woman Tending to the goats in Kenya. Credit: Jakob Dall - Danish Red Cross (p-KEN0534) Publications

Financing livestock trade: Formal and informal finance in Kenya, Mali and Somalia

This report looks at the degree to which traders marketing livestock from the rangelands use formal financial services, and examines the development of these financial services.
Villagers going home after building an embankment in anticipation of flooding on the River Juba, Somalia. - Mercy Corps Publications

Understanding the role of anticipatory action in Somalia

This brief is the first part of a series highlighting learnings that are emerging from a longitudinal study on anticipatory action in Somalia.
The people of Ta Kuti village (Niger State) are pastoralists and beneficiaries of Nigeria’s Fadama II project. Photo: Arne Hoel/World Bank Publications

Transboundary climate and adaptation risks in Africa: perceptions from 2021

This report documents how African policy-makers and experts perceive climate change and adaptation risks that have the potential for multi-country to regional consequences.

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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.
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 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?