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Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture
in Recurrent and Protracted Crises

Ecologies and natural resources - like land, water, livestock, and wildlife - vary greatly across drylands in Africa and the Near East. These areas are affected by climate variability and unequal distribution of water resources. However, they also hold great promise, with dryland pastoral communities increasingly diversifying into alternative ways to earn a living and participating in the community-based conservation of natural resources.

We will address evidence gaps in natural resource management in dryland regions with the aim of improving programming and policy-making to build the resilience of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in these areas.

Here we present some recommended resources on the theme of Natural Resources and Ecologies specially selected by SPARC’s experts:

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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.
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.

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Ethiopia - Image by K Lynch/Mercy Corps News

ClimateShot: SPARC joins campaign to support innovation in agriculture and achieve climate goals

SPARC joins new global campaign to use innovation to transform food systems and achieve global climate ambitions.
A cattle trader at the animal market in Forobaranga, West Darfur. News

What does pastoralism have to do with climate change?

Climate change is making life hard for livestock herders in drylands, but sustainable practices can support resilience and carbon-rich ecosystems.
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.