Strengthening Drought Resilience for Smallholder Farmers and Pastoralists in the Horn of Africa

A multi-million dollar, GWPEA-coordinated, four-year-project, “Strengthening Drought Resilience for Smallholder Farmers and Pastoralists in the IGAD Region” (DRESS-EA), was launched on 6 October 2020 on the online platform, Zoom.

Approved in 2019 by the Adaptation Fund, coordinated by GWPEA as the Regional Executing Entity, and implemented by the Sahara and Sahel Observatory, $13, 079,540 has been earmarked to address drought-related challenges between 2020 and 2024 in the four riparian nations of Djibouti, Kenya, Sudan, and Uganda, which are in the IGAD region.

The online launch attracted over 100 global and regional participants including high-level dignitaries such as His Excellency Professor Dr. Yasir Abbas Mohamed Ali (Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources, Sudan) who also launched the project; Dr. Hana Hamadalla Mohamed (Chairperson, UNFCCC Least Developed Countries Expert Group); Mr. Khatim Kherraz (Executive Secretary, Sahara and Sahel Observatory); Mr. Peter Repinski (Interim Chief Executive Officer, GWP); and Mr. Alfred Okot Okidi (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Water and Environment, Uganda), among others.

The overall objective of the DRESS-EA project is to increase the resilience of smallholder farmers and pastoralists to climate change risks mainly those related to drought, through the establishment of appropriate early warning systems and implementation of drought adaptation actions in the IGAD region.


Key Project Milestones to Date

  1. October 2020 – The DRESS-EA project was officially launched on 6 October 2020.
  2. March 2021 - Uganda’s Ministry of Water and Environment officially launched the DRESS-EA project in Moroto District, which is an area that is highly vulnerable to severe droughts and is one of the DRESS-EA project target areas.
  3. March 2021 - The DRESS-EA project Regional Steering Committee (RSC) held its first meeting on 17 March 2021 at the Lake Victoria Windsor Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda, as well as online via Zoom.
  4. April 2021 – The DRESS-EA project designs a Project Implementation Manual and a Monitoring and Evaluation system.