Strengthening Drought Resilience for Small Holder Farmers and Pastoralists in the IGAD Region (DRESS-EA)

The 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.

GWPEAf is collaborating with IGAD, the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) and the governments of Djibouti, Kenya, Sudan and Uganda to implement the DRESSEA project. The four year project that started in 2020, is funded by the Adaptation Fund and regionally implemented by OSS, while execution is undertaken by GWPEAf at regional level and the four raparian countries at national level.

The DRESSEA project focuses on increasing the resilience of smallholder farmers and pastoralists to climate change risks mainly those related to drought, by building on the existing initiatives and establishing new mechanisms to address drought-related challenges in the region through facilitating investments in early warning systems, building the  capacity of targeted stakeholders, supporting innovative adaptation actions and enhancing knowledge management and skills.

The DRESS-EA project also contributes to the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets of the four countries. This is possible through the wide partnerships (at regional scale) that the project proposed to put in place. The project also contributes to the achievement of the IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative (IDDRSI).