Strengthening drought resilience of small farmers and pastoralists in the IGAD region - DRESS-EA

Date of approval
September 2019

Project duration

4 years (2020 – 2024)

Financial and technical partners

  • Adaptation fund with a 13 079 540 USD funding
  • Global Water Partnership for East Africa (GWPEA) hosted by the Secretariat of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI)

Affected Countries

Djibouti, Kenya, Uganda and Sudan

Main beneficiaries of the project

  • The Directorate of Rural Hydraulics (Djibouti)
  • The Ministry of the Environment and Forestry (Kenya)
  • The Ministry of Water Resources, Irrigation and Electricity (Sudan)
  • The Ministry of Water and the Environment (Uganda)
  • Local authorities, Drought and water resources management committees
  • Local communities
  • Civil society (NGO, OBC)
  • Private sector


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

Project Status
Project approved by the Adaptation Fund in September 2019, planned Project start up on June 2020.

Expected Results

  • Development and increased use of the drought early warning system by stakeholders
  • Increased resilience of populations to drought at regional, national and local levels
  • Introduction and increase in using concrete and innovative actions to adapt to drought
  • Strengthening partnerships on drought management at regional, national and local levels

OSS Role

Regional Implementation Entity (RIE)