Drylands Development Programme (DryDev)

A Farmer Led Programme to Enhance Water Management, Food Security, and Rural Economic Development in the Drylands of Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Ethiopia, and Kenya

Funding Agencies: General Directorate for International Cooperation (DGIS), Dutch Government and World Vision Australia  (WVA) - Match Fund

Implementing Agencies: The World Agroforestry Centre and ICRAF

National Lead Organization: World Vision Kenya

Partners in Kenya: SNV, ADRA, and Caritas

Focal Countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger

Focal Reach in Kenya: Makueni, Kitui and Machakos counties. The Project sites are Mwala and Yatta in Machakos County, Waita, and Kanyangi in Kitui County and Kalawa and Mtito Andei in Makueni County

Duration:  (2014 – 2019)

Budget: $6,875,720 ($5,177,500 DGIS and $1,698,220 – WVA)



The project vision is that rural households have transitioned from subsistence farming and emergency aid to sustainable rural development by increasing food and water security, better access to markets and strengthening of the local economy for different categories of farmers

Programme purpose is to increase water and food security and drive economic development of the rural population in target zones in Ethiopia, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger



  • Outcome 1: Improvement of water and food security at both farm plot and watershed levels within the programme sites
    • Sub-outcome 1.1: Increased food production through on-farm integrated water harvesting, soil fertility, and agroforestry technologies
    • Sub-outcome 1.2:  Water buffering technologies and planning tools introduced at watershed level for enhanced dry season water availability for multiple uses
  • Outcome 2: Commercialization of the rural economy
    • Sub-outcome 2.1: Increased participation of different categories of farmers in strengthened value chains of selected inputs and commodities
    • Sub-outcome 2.2:  Access to credit and financial mechanisms by different categories of farmers improved
  • Outcome 3: Environment that enables increased water and food security and economic growth to be created.
    • Sub-outcome 3.1: Policies adjusted to the interests of different categories of farmers
    • Sub-outcome 3.2: Institutional framework to upscale integrated water and soil management techniques and value chain development adapted to different categories of farmers
    • Sub-outcome 3.3: Inclusive and integrated approach developed and applied


  • An integrated technical approach: water, soil, and agroforestry
  • From subsistence to market orientation
  • Exchange of information and advocacy,
  • Sustainability
  • Bottom-Up Approach


The implementation approach is responding to farmers’ desire to strengthen their organizations by supporting the different categories of farmers to increase their production and incomes. Integral to this is value chain analysis and strengthening and private-public partnerships (PPPs). The implementation approach is through farmer organizations



  • Baseline and characterization studies conducted that informed programme design
  • Community Action Planning (CAP) process conducted in 28 Sub locations where implementation shall be taking place
  • Capacity of  WRUAs assessed and leadership trained on Water Act Provisions with regard to sub-catchment management
  • Potential partner farmers’ groups identified, their capacity assessed and capacity building has been done in areas of group leadership and governance
  • Farmers’ Groups trained on collective marketing and value addition of selected value chains (green grams, pigeon peas, cowpeas, mangoes, local poultry, beekeeping)
  • Farmers organizations linked to financial services providers as well as market outlets through contracting
  • Programme PM&E Learning framework completed and in use to guide programme implementation, monitoring, and reporting
  • Farmers Groups trained on on-farm Rain Water Harvesting (Zai pits, farm ponds, retention ditches, bench terraces (fanya juu, fanya chini), tied-ridges)
  • Farmers Groups trained on fertility improvement (fertility trenches, compost manure making)
  • Farmers trained on Post Harvest Management including use of PIC bags, crop moisture management,
  • Farmers Group trained on tree nursery establishment and management, agroforestry, Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration (FMNR) and Enrichment Planting (EP)
  • Only 40% of citizens are in any grouping
  • Community members not aware of existing policy and laws in place
  • Most of the laws not implemented as expected
  • 10% tree cover
  • Community participation is a constitutional right

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