The Drylands Development Programme (DryDev) is designed to provide relevant and contextually appropriate support to smallholder farmers in selected dryland areas of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Ethiopia, and Kenya. It has been seeking to meaningfully contribute to the realization of a vision where households residing in such areas have transitioned from subsistence farming and emergency aid to sustainable rural development. DryDev is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (DGIS) through the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) as the overall implementing agency, with substantial contribution from World Vision Australia. Since 2014, Kenya DryDev has been implemented in Makueni, Machakos and Kitui counties by a consortium comprising World Vision Kenya (WVK), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF, Adventist Development & Development Agency (ADRA), Caritas and the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV). The Programme has so far reached 35,363 (22,974 W) farmers out of the life of Programme target of 34,500 (20,355 W). To achieve its goal, the DryDev Programme has employed an integrated approach designed to increase food and water security, enhance market and financial access and create an enabling policy environment. Context-specific interventions are tailored for each sub-location and delivered in an integrated manner through eight Work Packages which collectively contribute towards the achievement of programme outcomes. DryDev from its on-set has been contributing to the Kenya Government’s Big Four Agenda, Kenya Vision 2030, and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Objective: Sharing of lessons and catalysing scaling of DryDev interventions