Resilience and economic growth in arid lands – accelerated growth in Kenya mitigation co-benefits of herd size and feed quality management

Resilience and economic growth in arid lands – accelerated growth in Kenya mitigation co-benefits of herd size and feed quality management

REGAL-­AG, a 5-­year project implemented by ACDI/VOCA and funded under the Feed the Future (FTF) initiative, sought to increase economic growth in rural communities by improving competitiveness and inclusiveness in the livestock value chain. The project aimed to facilitate change in actors throughout the value chain, from livestock producers to middlemen, traders, transporters, and buyers, in order to increase incomes and stimulate growth. Begun in 2013, the project focused its efforts in Marsabit and Isiolo counties.

Key messages:

  • the agricultural development project Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands – Accelerated Growth (REGAL-­AG) has promoted improved livestock management that resulted in a decrease in net emissions of 10%. Since emissions from livestock account for the majority of Kenya’s agricultural emissions (95%), reduction of emissions in the livestock sector has high potential impact
  • REGAL-­AG’s interventions have sought to improve links between livestock producers and buyers, to boost producer access to critical inputs, and to increase availability of timely market information, which resulted in a decrease in slaughter age for all livestock types. REGAL-­AG anticipated that these dynamics, coupled with the program outreach activities, could result in a 10% decrease in herd size, which drives the greater share of emission reductions
  • increases in productivity (50–67%) and decreases in absolute emissions (-­10%) that resulted from REGAL-­AG’s interventions decreased the emission intensity 33-­40% (emissions per unit production) for all livestock types
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