Second African Drought Adaptation Forum

The African Drought Risk and Development Network's second Drought Adaptation Forum took place in Nairobi, Kenya, on October 16-18, 2006, with special thematic focus on the drought triggered food crises in Greater Horn of Africa sub-region in 2006. It brought together some 75 policymakers, other government officials, representatives from UN agencies and donors, practitioners from local and international NGOs and CBOs, the media and applied researchers from around Africa, South and East Asia. The participants exchanged practical experiences, findings and ideas on how to 'drought proof'.


1. Opening Session (Chair - Philip Dobie, Director, UNDP Drylands Development Centre [DDC])

i) Remarks:

  • Ms. Elizabeth Lwanga, UN Resident Coordinator, Kenya
  • Mr. Shafqat Kakakhel, United Nations Assistant Secretary General, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Hon. Richard Msowoya, MP, Minister of State Poverty and Disaster Management, Malawi
  • Hon. Rose Waruhiu, MP, Member East African Legislative Assembly

iii) Outline of meeting objectives, ground rules and administration

2.Overview of the African Drought Risk and Development Network

3. Current Situation - Greater Horn of Africa
4. Session 1: Macro-economic perspectives
5. Session 2: Innovative market based solutions

6. Session 3: Success Stories and Good Practices


1. Recap of Day One

2. Session 4: Drought Risk Reduction - Towards a global framework (Chair: Mr. Ken Westgate, UNDP-BCPR)

Country Experiences

  • Uganda by Ms. Annunciata Hakuza, Senior Agricultural Economist, Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry & Fishing
  • Kenya by Mr. Mike Wekesa, Senior consultant, Kasarine & Associates
  • Tanzania by Mr. Edgar Senga, Disaster Management Department, Prime Minister Office
  • Ethiopia by Mr. Teshome Erkineh, Head of Early Warning Department, Disaster Prevention and Preparedness Agency
3. Session 5: National level drought resilience building

4. Session 6: Regional African Lessons Learned in Drought Risk Management
5.Way forward


1. Recap of Day Two

2. Session 7: International Experiences

3. Session 8: Resources for Practitioners: Knowledge Networking and Good Practices
4. Questionnaire results discussion

5. Session 9: Role of the media and Advocacy for drought resilience building

6. Conclusions and Way Forward

Topics on Sustainable Land Management