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East Africa Drought – Humanitarian Response – FAO 2019

East Africa Drought – Humanitarian Response – FAO 2019

Full title of the project:

East Africa Drought – Humanitarian Response – FAO 2019

Target areas:

West Pokot and Turkana sub-counties in Kenya and Karamoja sub-region in Uganda.

USD 1 150 141
Project code:

To safeguard the livelihoods and mitigate the potential deterioration of the food security and nutrition status of drought-affected pastoral and agropastoral households in vulnerable cross-border areas of the Karamoja Cluster in Kenya and Uganda.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives and the State Department of Livestock in Kenya; and Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and District Local Governments of Karamoja sub-region in Uganda.

Beneficiaries reached:

18 254 households in Kenya and 5 771 households in Uganda.

Activities implemented:


  • Trained 21 county veterinary officers on the responsible use of antimicrobials and 25 county administrators on conflict prevention and mitigation, including conflict sensitive programming.
  • Distributed 10 031 bags of range cubes to 2 291 households (of whom 1 316 female-headed), with each household receiving 4–5 bags of feed to support two total livestock units for 45–60 days, benefiting 72 584 livestock (21 617 sheep, 36 504 goats, 13 491 cattle and 972 camels).
  • Delivered animal health services (mass deworming, treatment and vector control) to 397 134 livestock (235 020 sheep and goats, 161 539 cattle and 575 camels), benefiting 15 963 households.
  • Monitored, documented and reported on the project activities throughout implementation. 


  • Identified and rehabilitated 21 valley tanks situated along livestock grazing routes, currently storing water to a minimum capacity of 4 000 m3, and rehabilitated 13 subsurface dams and one gravity water flow scheme in six districts, directly benefiting 5 000 households that use these water facilities for livestock, domestic use and crop production.
  • Provided refresher trainings to water user committees on the operation and maintenance of sub-surface dams.
  • Delivered animal health services (mass deworming, treatment and vector control) benefiting 5 771 pastoral households. A total of 24 803 sheep and goats were vaccinated against the peste des petits ruminants; 57 928 cattle against contagious bovine pleuropneumonia; and 10 396 cattle, goats and sheep were treated against external and internal parasites, suspected trypanosomiasis and common tick borne and bacterial infections.
  • Provided district local governments (DLGs) in the sub-region with 71 000 doses of foot-and-mouth vaccines to be administered.
  • Monitored, documented and reported on the project activities throughout implementation.
  • Ensured the continuous supply of milk and enabled vulnerable households to retain their productive livestock during the dry season, contributing to increased household nutrition.
  • Increased water storage and provided communities in the Karamoja region with critical access to water during the dry season.
  • Equipped the district local governments in Karamoja with the capacity and vaccines to respond immediately to animal disease outbreaks in the region.
  • Improved animal health, and contributed to the improvement of livestock products such as milk and butter and increased prices of livestock in the market, consequently improving household income.