|Adeso and ACDI/VOCA
|Agriculture and Food Security, Resilience
|May 2014 – June 2014
|Brian Kiswii (Lead), Donnelly Mwachi, Florence Ndwiga, Judith Libaisi, Lewis Karienyeh and Jane Kinoti
The REGAL -IR project is a five year initiative aiming to reduce hunger and poverty, increase social stability and build strong foundations for economic growth by strengthening social, economic, and environ-mental resilience in pastoral and transitioning communities in Kenya’s arid lands. With the main project office is in Isiolo County, REGAL-IR implements activities in Isiolo, Garissa, Wajir, Marsabit, and Tur-kana counties. The project is implanted by a consortium of partners led by Adeso. It seeks to strengthen social, economic, and environmental resilience for 558,000 people (93,000 households) in the target counties through community engagement and local institutions strengthening. The target counties reportedly hold the highest caseloads of food insecure households across the country thus offering greatest potential for reducing food assistance in the arid lands. The project has six thematic areas as described briefly below:
- Strengthening and diversifying livelihood opportunities
- Advancing Value Chain inclusiveness
- Improving management and productivity of natural resources
- Improving conflict management
- Improving drought management
- Improving consumption of nutritious foods
REGAL-AG is a five-year, $20 million contract aimed to deepen USAID investment in two arid counties thus Marsabit and Isiolo. The activity seeks to improve the inclusiveness and competitiveness of the live-stock market system, particularly in three value chains; live animals and red meat, camel dairy, and hides and skins (listed by relative level of importance and focus). A critical focus of the project involves facilitating behaviour change in value chain actors running from input suppliers, livestock keepers, to middlemen, traders, transporters to the buyers – in order to improve their economic resilience, profitability and stimulate growth.
By design, the larger REGAL Project – through REGAL-AG investments in social and economic resilience – sets a foundation for REGAL-AG. The said foundation includes investments that foster the sustainable management of the natural resource base, address issues related to governance of grazing land, water, and other resources, mitigate conflicts, and allow for diversification of livelihoods. REGAL-AG works complementarily to increase investment at the value chain actor level in commercially-viable business models. REGAL AG aims at establishing an inclusive and competitive livestock value chain that increases pastoralists’ resilience and stimulates economic growth in Kenya's arid lands.
Increased competitiveness The assessment was to serve as the base measurement of the key indicators of the REGAL-IR and REGAL - AG projects, against which any change in the indicators was to be assessed. The principal purpose of the baseline was to depict the actual situation in the five ASAL counties where REGAL – IR and REGAL - AG were to facilitate programming action on building community resilience and promoting economic growth through thematic interventions. The baseline was to focus on the beneficiaries targeted by the project in all counties.