Project Profile

IDDRSI RPLRP Project Profile 

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)

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


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. IGAD’s 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.

Program Deliverables

  • 458 water points infrastructure developed and sustainably managed; improved access to water resources by 50% for target 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 cross-border natural resources (water, rangeland and transhumance route);
  • Developed and improved 48 market infrastructures;
  • Improve livestock market information system at the national and regional levels;
  • Ratified four regional protocols about sanitary and phyto-sanitary standards by the three project countries;
  • Train 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; and
  • 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 Regional context for the project. At IGAD level, project coordination staff is housed in ICPALD, Nairobi, operating under the Division of Agriculture and Environment. Steering committee is overseeing the project implementation. The Project Steering committee is chaired by IGAD Executive Secretary and members include Directors and head of the IGAD specialized institutions (CEWARN, ICPAC and ICPALD). The project activities are executed by staff of CEWARN, ICPAC, ICPALD and IGAD Secretariat and coordinated by RPLRP coordination unit.

In Ethiopia RPLRP coordination unit (CU) is housed within Ministry of Livestock and Fisheries and the unit is responsible for guiding project execution at Regional state and Woreda levels. The CU also extends to four Regional States (Oromia, SNNP, Ethiopia Somali and Afar) and 21 woredas. In Kenya the RPLRP coordination unit is housed in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. At 14 counties level, coordination units lead day to day execution of the project. In Uganda, the project implementation is coordinated at both national level and 12 Distracts levels. In all the three countries project is over sighted by steering committee established at National and sub-national levels.

Project Progress until 31st December 2015

Project area

Main Activity

  • Mapping of cross-border water infrastructure using existing secondary data completed for all three Clusters and map and database transferred to the three countries for planning purpose;
  • Cross border Rangeland and livestock seasonal movement route mapping has been started for Cluster One (Karamoja);
  • Review of land policy review in light of rangeland management conducted for the three project countries;
  • Cross-border conflict atlas preparation has been started and field data collection completed for Cluster 2 & 3, Cluster one data collection in progress;
  • A cross-border grassroots conflict prevention, management and resolution platforms were established in all the three Clusters;
  • Livestock market infrastructure and trade route mapping has been completed for Cluster 1 and 2 and maps and database transferred to the countries;
  • Draft Regional Sanitary and Phyto-Sanitary strategy prepared;
  • Regional task force established to harmonize Grade and Standards of live animal and meat for the three countries;
  • Regional technical task force established to support the region in sustainable range management and ensure feed security;
  • Draft Review report prepared for Risk Profiling, Early Warning System and Disaster Risk Contingency Planning policy and practices in the three countries;
  • 14 professionals from the three member states trained contingency planning.

Project Management

  1. Project Coordination Unit is in place and fully operating at IGAD, national government and sub-national government levels;
  2. Procurement of office furniture, equipment, vehicle and as well as recruitment of project staff completed at all levels;
  3. Two different Joint cross boarder meetings were held in 2015 and 2016 among the project countries;
  4. twice PLRP Internal planning meeting was held in Djibouti which brought together all IGAD specialized institution;
  5. Monitoring and evaluation, reporting format and baseline data collection harmonized among the three countries;
  6. Three Project Implementation Support Mission (ISM) were held by the World Bank team;RPLRP Outputs
    Basic GIS and Web Mapping
    Community Breeding Training
    Di Monitoring Training
    Disease Risk Analysis Training
    Emergency Management

    Livestock Market Management Training
    Knowledge Management Training Report

    Livestock Emergency Guidelines and standards Training Report
    Livestock Marketing Information Systems Training report
    PPP Training Report
    Risk Analysis to support safe trade and FMD control

    Contingency Training Manual
    Animal Breeding Workshop
    Animal Health Service Workshop
    Camel workshop Report 

    Cross Border TAD vaccination Planning Meeting
    Grades and Standards Report

    IGAD Resilience Share Fair
    Kenya Ethiopia Cross Border Meeting 

    6th LITS Meeting
    Market gap analysis workshop

    Regional Land Governance Workshop
    Regional LMIS Workshop Report

    Regional Workshop on Grades and Standards

Further Information
Regional Coordinator: Dr. Dereje T. Wakjira.
P.O. Box 47824-00100, Nairobi Kenya
Email: [email protected]. Telephone +254 737 777 724
Mobile: 254 726173628