Promoting Effective Resilience Investments – Delivering Peace, Agriculture-led Growth and Socio-economic Transformation in the Horn of Africa

Authors: FAO and IGAD
Date: 2019
Status: CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 IGO


The IGAD region is exposed to multiple hazards and recurrent shocks such as droughts, floods, socio-economic shocks and conflicts. Most of the population in the IGAD region rely on agriculture for their livelihoods, have limited capacity to cope with the impact of these shocks that often result in disasters and protracted crises. As a result, millions of women, men and children are exposed to impending risks of food and nutrition insecurities. In this context, there have been several successful and shared efforts by governments and partners in building the resilience of vulnerable communities to threats and crises in the agricultural sector to address the food and nutrition insecurity and to attain the aspirations of the AU Malabo Declaration and the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

However, the successful good practices that demonstrated promising results in different countries as pilots and could not be brought to scale as they are not documented, shared and advocated for investment to scale them up for greater social, economic and regional integration.

This booklet is a compilation of documentation on good practices on resilience at regional level, further to the implementation of the six pillars of IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI) in Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda. The lessons learnt as well as the challenges met during the implementation of IDDRSI Phase I (2013–2018) are also discussed, with a view to informing the implementation of Phase II, endorsed in June 2018, as part of the efforts aimed at ending drought emergencies in the region. Natural resource management, market access and trade, livelihood support, disaster risk management, conflict prevention and institutional strengthening and coordination are all covered.