Prosperous and resilient communities with sustainable livelihood systems in ASALS.

To coordinate for formulation and implementation of policies and Strategies to enhance socio-economic development and sustainable livelihoods in the ASALS.

The mandate of the State Department is to formulate and implement policies and strategies that fast-track development of ASAL areas to reduce inequalities and vulnerabilities.

Core Values
The State Department upholds the following core values:

  • Inclusivity
  • Equity and equality
  • Innovativeness and creativity
  • Integrity


1.Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Policy
2.Cordination of Planning,and Development for Arid and Semi-Arid Lands.
3.Implementation of Special Programmes for Development of Arid and Semi-Arid Areas.
4.Implementation of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Programmes.
5.Co-ordinating Research for sustainable Arid and Semi-Arid Lands Resource Management,Development and Livelihoods.
6.Promotion of Livestock Development, Marketing and Value addition of Resources within Arid and Semi-Arid Areas.
7.Enhancing Livelihood Resilience of Pastoral and Agro Pastoral Communities.
8.Co-ordinating Responses Against Drought and Desertification.
9.Peace Building and Conflict Management within Arid and Semi-Arid Areas

10.Management and Promotion of Integrated Cross Border Activities in identified ASAL Counties

11.Regional Development Policy implementation,oversight and management

12.Co-ordination of Regional Development Authorities.

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