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Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture
in Recurrent and Protracted Crises

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  • Crisis and risk management
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.
Young Borona lady with goats credit ILRI Publications

Report: Resilient Generation: supporting young people’s prospects for decent work in the drylands of east and west Africa

This report reviews opportunities for young people in the drylands of Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan and Mali to pursue climate-resilient decent work, and provides key recommendations.
A girl stands over livestock at Bakara animal market Somalia - Image by AMISOM - CC0 1.0 Publications

Issue brief: Resilient Generation: supporting young people’s prospects for decent work in the drylands of east and west Africa

This issue brief summarises the key findings and recommendations from the report 'Resilient Generation: supporting young people’s prospects for decent work in the drylands of east and west Africa'.
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.
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.