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Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture
in Recurrent and Protracted Crises

Dryland communities are often viewed as places of humanitarian crises in need of aid. Recent debates around investment in dryland resilience still follow humanitarian models of standardised aid packages to vulnerable communities. We know very little about how effective different investments are to support people in drylands who face shocks and crises.

SPARC aims to create, evaluate, synthesise and share existing and new knowledge to better understand how investments affect conflict; the ways that different land management institutions can help to manage conflicts and protect the interests of diverse communities - including pastoralists; and how governments and institutions can support markets to function through crises and in recovery.

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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.

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A donkey and cart transport goods as cattle graze near Lake Bam, Burkina Faso. News

Ministers urge more collaboration to support pastoralism in the Sahel

Leaders from the Executive Secretariat of the G5 Sahel and Reseau Billital Maroobe (RBM) urge policymakers, practitioners and donors to collaborate more to support pastoralists in the Sahel.
Jilo Tuke Dureti, from Dabassa Jaldessa, Somali Region, Ethiopia, uses a solar light and cell phone charger to light her home and charge neighbours' phones for a small fee, further increasing her ability to be self-sufficient. News

Doing things differently: innovation in drylands

What are the barriers to scaling innovation in drylands? How can we drive more innovation? SPARC shared its new research on innovation in dryland regions at the Global Landscapes Forum.
Local market traders in Pibor, South Sudan. News

Sustainable futures for drylands: SPARC at the Global Landscapes Forum

How can drylands be supported to build more sustainable and secure futures? SPARC held a dynamic plenary at the Global Landscapes Forum to explore the opportunities and challenges.