Activity overview

REGAL-IR aims to reduce hunger and poverty, increase resilience and social stability, and build a foundation for economic growth among pastoral communities in northern Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands.

REGAL-IR works in five Counties: Garissa, Isiolo, Marsabit, Turkana and Wajir.

REGAL-IR aims to reduce dependency on humanitarian and disaster assistance through resilience-strengthening and disaster risk reduction, natural resource management, diversifying livelihoods and promoting livestock value chain inclusiveness. 

Improved grazing management

REGAL-IR has facilitated 35 communities to map and develop land use plans.  Over 7.0 million hectares of land have been demarcated for dry and wet season grazing including communal grazing reserves. About 35 community based Natural Resources Management (NRM) governance structures have been revived to oversee natural resources. NRM by-laws are enforced within and between management units leading to reduced resource based conflicts.

Improved diets for communities in the arid and semi-arid areas of Kenya

The project has conducted CFES (Comprehensive Focused Ethnographic Surveys) and Optifood research to identify gaps and opportunities for nutrient dense diets for pastoralist families, and developed a Behavior Change Communication (BCC) strategy to transform feeding practices based on this evidence.

 Over 6,000 HHs with children between 6 to 24 months are presently covered through BCC programming.
  38 mother-to-mother groups formed to promote infant and young child feeding.

Facilitated development of Drought Contingency Plans in all 5 Counties

-  Established 57 School Clubs and 25 resilience micro projects to promote climate change adaptation through school activities.
-  56,000 HHs benefited from regular early warning information dissemination through school clubs and other community structures.
-  2,236 HHs insured a total of 33,280 livestock to the tune of Kes. 93M (US$ 930,000)

Conducted conflict assessment in all 5 Counties
Finn Church Aid is facilitating mediation of conflict to enhance peace and stability through community resolution, reconciliation and capacity building initiatives. 
Sidai has established four Super Service Centers (SSC)

In Isiolo, Marsabit, Wajir and Turkana, SIDAI supports a market-based, sustainable way for livestock keepers to access safe, certified, and reasonably priced quality veterinary drugs and professional services to keep their herds healthy and  productive. The SSCs network has over 25 Franchisees and Agents serving over 30,000 livestock keepers.  Since inception, Sidai has attained approximate sales of US$ 468,918 towards animal health care and related services.
Doing Business Differently

The REGAL-IR approach to community development goes beyond the standard community consultation model. Through our Participatory Learning and Planning Action (PLPA) process, REGAL-IR empowers communities to develop their own Community Development and Action Plans (CDAP) that are instrumental in facilitating sustainable resilience building actions.

- Covered 98,200 rural households through PLPA resulting in development of 96 CDAPs in all 5 counties.

Incentives for income generation and self-reliance:  REGAL-IR has provided capital through the Community Resilience Empowerment Fund (CREF) which is matched to group savings, to jumpstart small businesses to enhance resilience through livelihood diversification.

- The project supports 477 Self Help Groups covering 10,565 members (74% women) with technical capacity building in different livelihood sectors.

Livestock value chain inclusiveness:  2,000 beneficiaries trained on livestock productivity through improved technology in Wajir and Garissa Counties.

Promoting fuel efficient Cook Stoves: The project will fund 18,000 fuel efficient household cooking stoves.  Thereby providing health, environmental, economic and social benefits.