On behalf of the CGIAR, ILRI will host a technical consortium to support a new initiativesseeking to develop long-term resilience to drought in the arid and semi-arid zones of the Horn of Africa. This initiative has been recently launched by the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and its member states.
The technical consortium brings together all CGIAR centres plus other research and non-governmental organization partners. The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Investment Centre provides support on developing investment plans. They will over a one and a half year period draw up a program of work that will support technical and investment support to IGAD and the national governments in the greater horn of Africa.
‘The objective of the interventions at both regional and national levels is to sustainably improve livelihoods and enhance resilience to external shocks within the pastoral communities in the drylands and stimulate economic transformation’, said Polly Ericksen ILRI’s representative in the discussions.
Dedicated teams will be established in each country and for the IGAD secretariat to ensure continuity and consistency in the investment design process. These teams will contribute to the preparation, pre-appraisal and appraisal processes to ensure technical quality of proposed investment programmes. The technical consortium will promote collective and harmonized approaches to the different country and regional investment programmes.
The research and technical centres will contribute to action-oriented research analyses and implementation plans for development interventions while the FAO Investment Centre will provide assistance in investment programming work. The work will also support the development of the IGAD Regional the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), which is itself a program of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).
The Horn of Africa is known for its harsh and often prolonged droughts that threaten the lives of millions including children, women and the livestock on which the people are dependent for their livelihoods. ILRI through the People, livestock and environment theme has invested heavily in drylands research especially through the team Reducing vulnerability of livestock-based livelihoods, ecosystem goods & services in pastoral and agropastoral Systems.