Directorate of Arid and Semi Arid Lands

Directorate of Arid and Semi Arid Lands

The State Department for the ASALS and Regional  Development was established through Executive Order No. 1 of October 2022  following the reorganization of Government. Its precursor, the Ministry of State for the Development of Northern Kenya and Other Arid Lands, was established in 2008 in conformity with Agenda 4 of the National Accord and Reconciliation Act. The Department is a special vehicle for affirmative action, mainstreaming development issues of Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALS), coordinating, implementing and fast-tracking investment for long term sustainable development.


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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