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Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture
in Recurrent and Protracted Crises

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A woman farmer collects millet crop in El Fasher, Sudan - Image by Albert Gonzalez Farran / UNAMID Publications

Synthesis report: Exploring the conflict blind spots in climate adaptation finance

This report examines whether climate adaptation programmes have been conflict-sensitive in fragile and conflict-affected regions, and the barriers to increasing adaptation finance to these contexts.
Cattle being herded over a bridge in Mali. Publications

Stabilising the Sahel: Livestock as a driver of regional integration

This brief outlines ways to build the resilience of livestock markets in the Sahel to climate and conflict shocks, thereby improving their contribution to livelihoods, food security and the economy.
A cattle trader at the animal market in Forobaranga, West Darfur. Publications

Impacts of disruptions to livestock marketing in Sudan

This paper draws on interviews with traders and herders in Sudan, and secondary literature, to gain insight into how the suspended Hajj in 2020 affected livestock traders and herders on low incomes.
Women in a market in Lakes state, South Sudan. Publications

Livelihoods and markets in protracted conflict: a review of evidence and practice

This review considers how protracted conflict has affected livelihoods and food security in select cases, and responses undertaken to address resulting economic and social harm.
A woman sells vegetables in Hamarwayne market in Mogadishu, Somalia. Publications

Livelihoods and markets in protracted conflict: a review of evidence and practice - Annexes

Supplementary information for the rapid evidence review on livelihoods and markets in protracted conflict. The annexes comprise a compendium of country studies and grids of interventions.
Sunrise in a cattle ranch in Kaduna State, Nigeria Publications

Conflict in the time of Covid-19

In this brief, SPARC speaks to farmers and pastoralists in conflict-affected drylands of Nigeria to gauge how Covid-19, and lockdown measures, have affected their social relationships.
Local community members tend to their livestock in Lower Shabelle, Somalia. Publications

Rapid Assessment of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

A new report explores the impact of the restricted Hajj 2020 on livestock exports through and from Somalia. It aims to inform future FCDO humanitarian and resilience-building programming in Somalia.
The fight against Ebola in West Africa Publications

Dealing with Covid-19 in rural Africa: lessons from previous crises

This note summarises insights from a study commissioned by FCDO, which examines the lessons that can be drawn from previous crises to inform responses to Covid-19 in rural Africa.
A fisherman casts his net on Lake Bam, Burkina Faso. Publications

Investing for sustainable climate services: Insights from African experience

Effective climate change adaptation depends on strong, sustainable weather and climate information services. A new report and policy brief provide a road map for investing in sustainable capacity.