Background of the Regional Pastoral Livlihood Resilience Project

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 Regional Pastoral Livelihoods Resilience Project (RPLRP) is to be implemented, over a five year period, by the Government of Uganda (GoU) through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry, and Fisheries (MAAIF). The funding for the project is in the form of a US$ 40 million Credit from the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank.

Project Components

Natural Resources Management

The expected outcome of this component is that drought-prone communities have secured access to natural resources and have acquired the capacity to sustainably manage these resources.

Market Access and Trade

The expected outcome of this component is to enable the pastoral and agro pastoral communities access market opportunities and improve their trade.

Livelihood Support

Investments in this component are aimed at enhancing livestock productivity (including animal health, food and feed production, as well as animal breed improvements) and livelihoods diversification.

Pastoral Risk Management

The expected outcome of this component is enhanced drought preparedness, prevention and management.

Project Management and Institutional Support

This component focuses on all aspects related to overall project management and institutional strengthening at national and regional levels for enhanced livelihood resilience.