Drylands Transform is a new interdisciplinary research project starting up in the Greater Karamonja border region between Uganda and Kenya. The research team –coordinated by SLU – wants to modify the ongoing negative spiral of land, livestock and livelihood degradation into a positive transformation. The project aims to contribute to several of the United Nations global sustainable development goals.
The Kenyan and Ugandan Project Coordinators, Dr. SM Mureithi, and Prof. Dennis Mpairwe from University of Nairobi and Makerere University accompanied by Dereje Wakjira of IGAD’s ICPALD, Dr. Alice Turinawe, Agricultural Economist at Makerere University, William Makokha of Triple L, and Margeret Nyaga, project’s PhD student from 18th to 28th January 2021, conducted a reconnaissance visit in the Greater Karamonja region where the Dryland Transform Project will be implemented. The aim of the visit is to; 1) introduce the project to the Administration Authorities and Agriculture and Livestock Ministry Officials, 2) Identify sites for laying out the Land Degradation Surveillance Framework, 3) Identify sites for establishing Livestock Cafés in collaboration with the officials and the community Elders, 4) Identify control sites for the impact mapping surveys.
The identified sites are Chepareria Ward, West Pokot County versus Matany in Napak District under agro-pastoral production system, and Rupa in Moroto District and Lokiriama-Lorengkipi Ward in Turkana County under pure pastoralism.