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Advancing Gender Equality in Fragile Food Systems in the Sahel

Climate change, armed conflict, environmental fragility, and weak governance – and the impact these have on natural resource-based livelihoods – are among the key drivers of both crisis and poverty for communities in some of the world’s most vulnerable and conflict-affected countries. This initiative will invest in a cohort of research projects to identify and understand the gender-differentiated barriers and opportunities to building more gender-responsive, climate-resilient food systems in the Sahel. The research projects will be selected via a targeted call for proposals and led by organizations based in Africa.

As a result of this project, researchers will enhance their capacity to effectively integrate gender equality and social inclusion in pastoralism and agro-pastoralism research. Results will inform policies and practices to enhance more resilient and gender-equal pastoral and agro-pastoral food systems in the Sahel. Expected outputs include project profiles, peer-reviewed articles, conference presentations, and webinars.

This initiative will work in tandem with the Supporting Pastoralism and Agriculture in Recurrent and Protracted Crises (SPARC) programme, a six-year (2020-2025), £17.65-million (approximately CA$32 million) initiative funded by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. Research teams will be integrated into SPARC-wide systems for stakeholder engagement and communications to maximize research uptake. Researchers will benefit from opportunities for peer learning and exploring synergies with the broader SPARC network.

Project ID
Project Status
42 months
IDRC Officer
Heidi Braun
Total Funding
CA$ 1,968,809.00
South Sudan
Climate-Resilient Food Systems
Climate-Resilient Food Systems
Institution Country
Cowater International Inc.