The Multinational Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme (DRSLP) in the Horn of Africa is a regional programme covering eight IGAD states; Kenya,Djibouti,Eritrea,Ethiopia,Somalia,Sudan,Southern Sudan, and Uganda.This followed the resolution of the Heads of State and Government Summit held in Nairobi in September 2011 to address drought and other disasters in the horn of Africa region. The programme is designed to be implemented in three phases of five years each.
The first phase of the Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme (DRSLP) in the Horn of Africa- Kenya Project covers six Arid and Semi-arid counties namely Baringo, West Pokot, Turkana, Samburu, Isiolo and Marsabit, benefiting 168,900 households. It is a five-year project co-financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB), through a loan, and the Government of Kenya (GoK). The executing agency for the project is the State Department for Crops Development in the Ministry of Agriculture,Livestock,Fisheries and Irrigation.
The purpose of the project is to contribute to poverty reduction, food security and accelerated sustainable economic growth in the Horn of Africa (HoA) through enhanced rural incomes. Specifically, it aims at improving resilience to drought by communities in the Arid and Semi-arid Lands (ASALs) of Kenya. The project interventions cover water supply for human, livestock and irrigation; improvement of crop & livestock production, marketing and disease management, and capacity building.
The project commenced in July 2013 and was expected to close in June 2018. However, due to initial delay in project start up and the need for hand-holding farmers into the production phase in the irrigation schemes, the Government was granted one-year extension by the African Development Bank to consequently close the project in June 2019. When concluded, the project is expected to yield both social and economic benefits to the communities with a bearing on poverty reduction and improved food and nutrition security.