Project title: Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project (RPLRP)

Target Start Date: 1st January 2015

Department: IGAD Agriculture and Environment Division

Project Length: 5 years (January 2015 – December 2019)



Livelihood systems in the drought-prone arid lands of the Horn of Africa (HoA) have been under-resourced, leaving their population more vulnerable to external stressors. Over the last decade, droughts of varying intensity and increasing frequency have hit the HoA. These perennial drought crises have severely impoverished the natural resource base of the Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALs), rendering pastoralists' traditional livelihoods throughout the HoA increasingly tenuous. Climate change will likely worsen and intensify the frequency and magnitude of droughts and floods in the region.

The ecosystems from which pastoralists derive their livelihoods often go beyond national borders as do the market networks for livestock that provide them with opportunities for income growth. The current Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project (RPLRP) seeks to develop regional solutions to challenges faced by pastoralists who reside in the ASALs of Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia, to enhance opportunities for livelihood development available to them.


Project Objectives

The Project Objectives are to enhance livelihood resilience of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities in cross-border drought prone areas of Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda Countries and improve the capacity of these Countries’ governments to respond promptly and effectively to an eligible crisis or emergency.


Project components

  1. Natural Resources Management: aims at enhancing the sustainable management and secures access of pastoral and agro-pastoral communities at natural resources (water and pasture) with trans-boundary significance
  2. Market Access and Trade: aims at improving the market access of the agro-pastoralists and pastoralists to the intra-regional and international markets of livestock and livestock products.
  3. Livelihood Support: aims at enhancing the livelihoods of Pastoralist and agro-pastoralist communities.
  4. Pastoral Risk Management: aims at enhancing drought-related hazards and preparedness, prevention and response at the national and regional levels.

Project Deliverables

  • 458 water points infrastructure developed and sustainably managed; improved access to water resources by 50% pastoral and agro-pastoral communities
  • Sustainably managed 5420 ha pastoral and agro-pastoral land 
  • Established 49 cross border conflict management platforms and improve access to natural resources
  • Developed and improved 48 market infrastructures and improve livestock market information system at the national and regional level
  • Ratified four regional protocols about sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards by the three countries Policies; 1Train some 2667 stakeholders in policy and regulatory framework of the region
  • Project target households satisfied by the livestock health services at the regional, national and local level
  • Enhance through Demonstration 29 new technologies and practices for food and feed production and 45 for alternative livelihoods
  • Improve Regional, national and local early warning and response mechanism for disaster risk management
  • Effective disaster risks management policies harmonized and contingency plans available for the three countries

Institutional Arrangement

The RPLRP in each of the three countries and IGAD operate independently but connected at IGAD level providing sense of Regional context of the project. At IGAD the project coordination staff is housed in ICPALD, Nairobi, operating under the Division of Agriculture and Environment. Steering committee consisting of Directors and head of the IGAD specialized institutions is oversight the IGAD RPLRP implementation.

In Ethiopia RPLRP Project coordination unit, housed within Ministry of Agriculture, and the team is responsible for guiding project execution at Regional state and Woreda levels. The PCU also extend to four Regional States (Oromia, SNNP, Ethiopia Somali and Afar) and 21 woredas. The activities and progresses are also over sighted by Project Steering Committees formed at Federal, Regional State and Woreda levels.

In Kenya the RPLRP Coordination Unit is housed in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. At 14 counties level, project coordination unit staff will lead day to day execution of the project. The project operation and progress is over sighted by steering committee established at National and county levels. 


Funding: World Bank/IDA

IGAD grant value US$ 5 million; Kenya loan value US$ 77 million; Ethiopia loan value US$ 75 million; and, Uganda loan value US$ 40 million

 Project Progress until 31st December 2015


Project Progress until 31st December 2015

  • Project Coordination Unit is in place and fully operating from IGAD CPALD office Nairobi Kenya;
  • Procurement of office furniture, equipment, vehicle and others has been completed;
  • IGAD RPLRP Internal planning meeting was held in Djibouti which brought together all IGAD specialized institution;
  • Joint planning meeting between Kenya and Ethiopia and Kenya and Uganda RPLRP teams were held in Kenya;
  • Two different Project Implementation Support Mission (ISM) were held by the World Bank team;
  • Mapping of cross-border water infrastructure using existing secondary data completed for all three Clusters;
  • Cross border Rangeland and livestock seasonal movement route mapping has been started for Karamoja (Cluster One);
  • Cross-border conflict atlas preparation has been started for Cluster Three areas;
  • A cross-border grassroots conflict prevention, management and resolution platforms were established in cluster 2 and 3;
  • Livestock market infrastructure and trade route mapping has been completed for Cluster Two;
  • Consultant hired to draft Regional Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary strategy;
  • Regional workshops to harmonize Grade and Standards of livestock and livestock product trade was undertaken in Naivasha Kenya;
  • Consultant is hired to draft Regional Animal Health Strategy;
  • Regional Workshop on Feed Security was held in Adama, Ethiopia;
  • The project partly supported Regional El Nino contingency planning and preparedness meeting held in Naivasha, Kenya;
  • Consultants hired to Review Risk Profiling, Early Warning System and Disaster Risk Contingency Planning of member States.


Further Information

  • Regional Coordinator: Dr. Dereje T. Wakjira. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Tele +254 726173628
  • Operation Officer: Ahmed Mohamoud. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Tele +254 710939333
  • Ethiopia Team Leader: Mr. Sertse Sebuh Email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel +251 968566887
  • Kenya Team Leader: Didacus Ityeng. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Tele +254 722672110
  • Uganda Team Leader: Dr. Stephen Kajura. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +256772517218 


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