IGAD Region: Preparations for the ‘drought resilience for small farmers and pastoralists’ project start, February 13-22, 2020


In preparation for the start of the “Strengthening drought resilience of small farmers and pastoralists in the IGAD region - DRESS-EA” project, an OSS and GWPEA delegation is paying the affected countries (Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan) a working visit with a view to carrying out the due diligence procedure and reviewing the terms for the enactment of the project.

The OSS delegation, led by Mr. Nabil Ben Khatra, OSS Environment Program Coordinator, includes Mrs. Khaoula Jaoui, climate finance and ecosystems expert, Mr. Adel Rekik Chartered accountant, Financial manager and Mr. Samou Kone, technical assistant of the project, the GWP-EA delegation is led by Dr. Ahmed Khalid Eldaw Mohamed, GWPEA Regional Coordinator and Mr. Gerald Isiko Kairu, GWPEA Project Manager.
This mission will provide the opportunity to have exchanges and contacts with the various national institutions, structures and relevant resource persons, and make courtesy visits to the national authorities, with a view to reviewing the terms for the enactment of the project and the schedule of the works to be carried out.

The overall objective of the DRESS-EA project is to increase the resilience of small farmers and pastoralists to the climate change risks, mainly the ones linked to drought, by the establishment of appropriate early warning systems and the implementation of drought adaptation actions in 4 countries of the IGAD region (Djibouti, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda).

The project was approved by the Adaptation Fund in September 2019, and its start-up is planned for June 2020. The DRESS-EA project is implemented by the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) as a regional implementing entity of the Adaptation Fund. For this purpose, the OSS collects the funds and routes them to the beneficiary countries through the Project Regional Execution Unit. The Project Regional Execution Unit, made up of a group of experts hosted by the OSS, will manage the project and coordinate its execution in close collaboration with the project national execution units of the four beneficiary countries to carry out the project activities.