Working under a subcontract to Tufts University and as part of a larger program to improve pastoral livelihoods in East Africa, Chemonics laid the groundwork for longer-term policy coordination focused on improving early-warning information sharing and reducing the vulnerability of pastoral populations.
About 40 percent of pastoralists in the Horn of Africa live on less than $1 a day. Combined with periodic drought, their economic situation makes them vulnerable to famine. Working under a subcontract to Tufts University and as part of a larger program to improve pastoral livelihoods in the region, Chemonics laid the groundwork for longer-term policy coordination focused on improving early-warning information sharing and reducing the vulnerability of pastoral populations.
The project worked with a larger program called Regional Enhanced Livelihoods in Pastoral Areas and collaborated with other implementers to coordinate work on livelihoods, conflict prevention and mitigation, emergency response, and support to the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, a preferential trading area of 20 states stretching from Libya to Zimbabwe. The project also provided early-warning and early-response support to bolster regional livestock trade and improve food security, while capturing and packaging information for integrated reporting and communications.
During 2007, the project launched its operations and started coordinating with other Regional Enhanced Livelihoods in Pastoral Areas partners. The project hosted several meetings that brought together stakeholders to discuss early warning/early response, contingency planning, livestock-related interventions, and other related discussions. In 2009, it supported development of a surveillance system for Rift Valley fever and other trans-boundary animal diseases in the Enhanced Livelihoods in the Mandera Triangle area. The project also explored ways of improving analytical approaches for early warning/early response in readiness for on-ground testing with ELMT.
The project has made significant contributions to Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme Africa-wide policy documentation, including for commodity-based livestock trade and a framework for African food security.
Project Duration: 2007 − 2009.