Eritrea - Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Program

Project Summary

Approval Date 24 Jan 2017
Signature Date 05 Apr 2017
Planned Completion Date 31 Jul 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 5,310,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods – Project IV (DRSLPIV) is an expansion of the on-going Eritrea Component of the Multinational Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihoods Programme in the Horn of Africa – Project II (DRSLP- II). The need for this project emanates from the necessity to address the damages and losses sustained by the population, especially the poor and vulnerable communities of the arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs), during the recurrent drought in order to restore a sense of normalcy and resumption of economic and social activities. It has been designed to complement the Eritrea component of DRSLP II, by providing additional activities that could not be accommodated through DRSLP II due to resources limitations. It will thus cover the same 6 Zobas covered by DRSLP II. The project will support the efforts of the Government of the State of Eritrea (GoSE) that have already started under DRSLP-II to improve the drought resilience of the pastoral and agro-pastoral communities of the target areas (Anseba, Debub, Debubawi Keih Bahri, Gash Barka, Maekel and Semeinawi Keih Bahri). It will consist of four components: (i) Natural Resources Management: ii) Support to Livelihood Diversification; (iii) Capacity Building; and (iv) project Management. It will be implemented over a period of 3 years (2017-2022). Total project cost is estimated at UA 6.05 million.

Project Objectives

The project goal is to contribute to improving the national goal of food and nutrition security, increment of employment rate and poverty eradication. Specific objective is to enhance drought resilience and improve sustainable livelihoods of the smallholder farmers in Eritrea.


The villages adjacent to the project sites will be the direct beneficiaries of these activities with total beneficiaries of about 120,000 individuals out of which some 65,000 will be women. About 1,500 youth employment (men and women) will be created. Other public institutions such as the National Agricultural Institute and relevant Directorates in the MoA will also benefit from the project interventions in terms of capacity building. These activities will be undertaken in 15 different sites.

Participating Organization

Fragile States Facility
Ministry of Agriculture


IATI identifier 46002-P-ER-AAZ-002
Last Update 13 May 2021


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Geographic Location

Country Eritrea