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AfDB, FAO to Increase Drought Resilience in the Horn of Africa

AfDB16 May 2012: The African Development Bank (AfDB) is launching a joint regional programme with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) aimed at increasing drought resilience and improving sustainable livelihoods in the Greater Horn of Africa.

The programme is based on the findings of an AfDB study on Sustainable Livestock Development in the region and seeks to reduce poverty, enhance food security and accelerate sustainable economic growth. It will address: enhanced water resource development, management and availability for domestic, livestock, agricultural and energy sectors; improved livestock infrastructure for market access; improved management of rangelands for a sustainably managed environment; and improved livestock health.

The programme also intends to: build capacities in the region; improve the enabling environment through enhancement of the policy, legal and institutional environments; and enhance regional cooperation and coordination for transboundary management of water resources. According to AfDB, the programme will be implemented over the next five years, at a cost of US$300 million. An AfDB mission will be carrying out stakeholder consultations in Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya and Somalia. [AfDB Press Release]