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Background

The frequent recurrence of drought combined with the vulnerabilities of local populations continues to be one of the key challenges affecting development in Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASAL) in Kenya.

The recent prolonged drought, from 2008-2011, left nearly four million people in Horn of Africa was characterized large losses in livestock, high food prices and severe socio-economic impacts which left many in desperate need of food assistance.

REGAL-IR Project

It is against this background that the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Resilience and Economic Growth in the Arid Lands – Improving Resilience (REGAL-IR) project was designed to decrease vulnerabilities, build resilience and stimulate growth in selected ASAL areas.

The goal of this project is to work with pastoral and transitional communities to reduce hunger and poverty, increase social stability, and build strong foundations for economic growth and environmental resilience. This project is funded by the generous support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) and the Feed the Future Initiative and is implemented across Turkana, Marsabit, Isiolo, Garisssa, and Wajir counties in Kenya.

Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands – Improving Resilience, REGAL-IR  is a 5-year, $45m project to reduce hunger and poverty among pastoral communities in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs). Implemented by Adeso and its five consortium partners, the program will strengthen social, economic and environmental resilience for some 558,000 people (93,000 households) in Isiolo, Garissa, Marsabit, Turkana and Wajir counties.

These counties have the highest percentage of households in need of food assistance across Kenya and therefore offer the greatest potential for reducing food assistance in the arid lands. REGAL-IR situates its efforts within those of a larger family of resilience actors including REGAL-AG, the Millennium Water Alliance and World Food Program.