IGAD-FAO Partnership Programme (PP) on Building Resilience for (Agro-) Pastoralist Communities

IGAD and FAO will jointly contribute to build resilience of communities in the Horn of Africa’s cross-border areas by addressing marketing and trade, transboundary animal diseases and natural resources management. It will also contribute to strengthen the capacity of IGAD specialized agencies to lead the regional agenda for the improvement of cross-border pastoral livelihoods.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Horn of Africa
Agriculture & food security
Climate change and environment

Agricultural development
Agricultural financial services
Environmental policy
Agricultural research
01.06.2014 - 31.12.2021
CHF  11’500’000

Over 30% of the inhabitants of the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands in the Horn of Africa are pastoralists who depend on livestock for their livelihoods. Their livelihoods and related natural resources have been badly affected by frequent droughts, conflicts, insecurity, overgrazing, bush encroachment, and longstanding marginalization, exposing them to vulnerability and susceptibility to shocks. This is further aggravated by unfavorable policies, poor quality of and access to services and infrastructure, and low investments.
As a result of the devastating 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa, IGAD launched the “IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative” IDDRSI strategy that aims at ending drought emergencies through increased commitment by affected countries and Development Partners to support investments in sustainable development.


Enhanced resilience to drought resulting in improved food and nutrition security of communities and households in ASAL.

Target groups
  • Communities in drought- and conflict-affected cross-border ASAL areas. Vulnerable groups (women, children and youth, elderly & disabled people) are primary targets.
  • Formal / informal groups such as CBOs, farmer/pastoralist associations & cooperatives are among the direct beneficiaries.
  • Actors involved in policy analysis and implementation. These include public institutions of Member States, and in particular decentralized government units (counties, woredas, and districts).
  • Private sector enterprises especially Small and Medium Enterprises; Public-Private-Partnerships.
  • IGAD specialised institutions (ICPALD, ICPAC, CEWARN, ISTVS).
Medium-term outcomes
  • Cross-border communities have enhanced trade opportunities, improved access and control over natural resources, and increased productive capacity.
  • Regional resilience-related policy gaps and priorities are identified and addressed.
  • Access to evidence-based analysis and information leads to improved regional and cross-border development investment decisions.
  • IGAD’s specialized institutions are able to more effectively deliver their mandate.

Expected results:  

  • Communities develop NRM investment plans and proposals and have the capacity to deliver on those plans. Plans are financed and implemented.
  • Policy gaps and opportunities are identified, analyzed and prioritized. Regional thematic policies are reformulated and developed to address emerging priority gaps.
  • Quality information is produced and is available for a wide stakeholders’ group. Information is produced, lessons learnt and good practices in cross border areas are shared.
  • IGAD’s specialized institutions (ICPALD, ICPAC, CEWARN, ISTVS) strengthened to contribute to developing regional capacity and knowledge on resilience.

Results from previous phases:  

During the opening phase, the ground wa set for the Partnership Programme. Consultations with stakeholders have taken place, key staff has been identified, and options to set up a Multi-Donor Trust Fund have been examined.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
Foreign academic and research organisation
Other International Organization
United Nations Organization (UNO)
  • Food and Agricultural Organisation
  • Other OI
  • Research Organisation of South East

Coordination with other projects and actors

Coordination with the FAO “Institutionalization of the Field School approach” project.
Creation of linkages with other SDC-funded ongoing/new programmes in the region (e.g. K-RAPID, FAO Resilience, SomRep, Drought Resilience in Somali Region & NRM Borana; Joint Utilization River Dawa/ICPALD).
Close synergies with other SDC-funded IGAD programmes.
Ongoing resilience programmes funded or implemented by international partners such as the EU (RESET-Resilience Building in Ethiopia) and USAID (through the PRIME project) in Ethiopia can serve as learning fields for the PP and are important initiatives to coordinate and collaborate with.

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    11’500’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    10’964’319
Project phases Phase 1 01.06.2014 - 31.12.2021   (Current phase)