How we work

The DryDev Programme is working to realize its vision in two ways. The first is through the provision of direct development support to farmers through interventions such as farm-level water and soil management; watershed restoration; agricultural commodity production; and value chain and institutional development. The second is by influencing wider policy, practice, and investment decisions.


DryDev’s strategy is informed by two complementary and overarching theories of change. One is focused on DryDev’s direct work with famers, while the other focuses on promoting the uptake of evidence and learning that the programme generates. Both are directly linked to DryDev’s eight Work Packages (WPs). All of this information is presented visually below.






There are eight Work Packages within DryDev:

WP 1: Sub-catchment-level natural resource management

WP 2: On-farm water and soil management

WP 3: Agricultural commodity production

WP 4: Enhancing market access

WP 5: Financial services linking

WP 6: Local governance and institutional strengthening

WP 7: Planning, M&E, and scaling of learning

WP 8: Policy analysis and influencing

Further, the programme implementation strategy involves:


Clearly-defined seven scaling principles (co-learning, contextual appropriateness, cost-effectiveness and potentially scalability, gender inclusiveness, environmental and social benignity, climate smart, and sustainability) and three core values (activity integration, farmer led / bottoms-up approach, and leveraging strategic partnerships) all of which work together to inform the decision on the types of interventions to be scaled up and out in the programme.


An Options-by-Context approach to further strengthen contextual appropriateness


A robust planning, M&E, and learning (PMEL) framework