People and societies
Rangeland ecosystems help to maintain biodiversity and support the livelihoods of pastoralists and farmers. Agro-pastoralism is a secure and sustainable way of life for rural communities: it supports mobility, food production and the collective management of resources. Pastoralism is often the only source of income in the poorest arid and semi-arid regions globally. Yet, pastoral and agro-pastoral communities remain marginalised, and their livelihoods are increasingly under threat due to climate change, conflict, environmental degradation, changing global markets, growing populations and increasing competition for natural resources, which undermines their resilience.
We will provide new knowledge on agro-pastoral dynamics in fragile and conflict-affected states, including analysis of the impacts that shocks and threats have on different groups such as women, youth, the elderly and people with disabilities.
Here we present some recommended resources on the theme of People and Societies specially selected by SPARC’s experts:
Pastoralism, Uncertainty and Resilience: Global Lessons from the Margins in 'Pastoralism: Research, Policy and Practice'
Women and climate change in the Sahel - West African Papers
The Women’s Empowerment in Agriculture Index in 'World Development'