The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Monday started a general assembly in Nairobi to discuss strategies aimed at promoting climate resilience in the continent.
“The meeting will host ministers from the IGAD region member states and development partners to review and assess the progress of the drought resilience and sustainability initiative,” IGAD Executive Secretary Mahboub Maalim told the opening of IGAD Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability Initiative.
The five-day summit, which comes at a time when drought and food security situation in the region is back in focus, will bring to light impact stories from the resilience projects while also discussing the global food crisis, Maalim said.
Delegates from the eight member states will be sharing information to help increase knowledge on better preparedness and response to drought and other shocks affecting communities, he said.
“The meeting provides an opportunity to member states to share the evidence base about different thematic areas to influence the development of policies, scaling of good practices and design of future resilience interventions,” Maalim said.
IGAD groups Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda. Enditem