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Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands – Accelerated Growth aims to increase economic resilience among pastoral communities in Kenya’s arid counties by strengthening the livestock value chain. The activity will foster more sustainable management of natural resources, address issues related to governance of grazing land, water and other natural resources help mitigate conflicts, and allow for diversification of the livelihoods of pastoralists. Interventions will target actors at all levels of the value chain—from livestock keepers to middlemen, traders, transporters and buyers— in order to improve incomes and stimulate growth.

USAID has created a constellation of seven Development Labs that harness the intellectual power of great American and international academic institutions and that catalyze the development and application of new science, technology, and engineering approaches and tools to solve some of the world’s most challenging development problems.

The Kenya Arid Lands Disaster Risk Reduction program works to increase access to clean water and improve sanitation and hygiene in Kenya’s arid lands. The program is part of a larger effort to assist the Kenyan government and local communities to increase their resilience to droughts and flooding caused by a changing climate while simultaneously increasing access to improved water, sanitation and hygiene services.

The project will promote value chain growth and diversification, increase the productivity and incomes of smallholder farmers and other actors along the value chain working in the dairy, maize and other staples and horticulture sectors. The project will work with more than 30 Kenyan government and private sector organizations.

The Kenya Horticulture Competitiveness Project, part of the U.S. Government’s “Feed the Future” initiative, is improving food security and nutrition and raising incomes for over 200,000 smallholder farmers. The project is helping farmers to grow more and better quality fruits, vegetables, and flowers, with a special focus on strengthening the value chains related to eight crops: Sweet potato, Irish potato, passion fruit, mango, banana, tomato, cabbage, peas and beans.

Part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative, Resilience and Economic Growth in Arid Lands – Improving Resilience is reducing hunger and poverty, increasing resilience and social stability, and building a foundation for economic growth among pastoral communities in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands. It unites humanitarian and development assistance to build resilience and expand economic opportunities in the arid lands through disaster risk and conflict reduction, natural resource management, and strengthening of livestock and other sectors.

Within Central America a rapidly deteriorating security situation has led to significantly decreased levels of citizen safety, fueled in part by the social and economic exclusion of large parts of the population. The U.S. government has developed a new vision on how to assist Central American governments as they work to address this critical issue.

The Global Give Back Circle is an innovative education, empowerment, and employment transition program for disadvantaged girls in Kenya. The three core goals are to transition each girl to become empowered, selfless and capable.  Girls receive scholarships and mentorship, and in return have to offer voluntary service to their community while mentoring the next generation of scholarship awardees. Over 21 partners from the public and private sectors support the project, including Microsoft, Safaricom, Standard Chartered Bank Kenya, MasterCard Foundation, Equity Bank, Deloitte & Touche Kenya, KPMG Kenya, PWC Kenya, Barclays Bank Kenya, Ernst & Young USA and USAID.

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Last updated: March 26, 2014