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The overall goal of the program is to increase the income of households within the ASAL regions of Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia through facilitating better access, control and management of available community resources. In particular, the program focuses on agriculture, livestock development as well as micro enterprise development for livelihood diversification and food security. For effective and sustainable livelihoods programming, PACIDA uses its fundamental principles that include people-centeredness, multilevel approach (micro and macro), dynamism, that ultimately aims to achieve sustainable livelihoods

PACIDA has been supporting livelihoods of the poorest people in Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia for over 5 years. As part of our livelihoods work, PACIDA takes a broader look at all the resources available to communities in the region for meaningful and decent lives. Some of our livelihood program activities include livestock markets development, restocking and de- stocking, animal vaccination and treatment (husbandry and management), small scale agriculture particularly irrigation based as well as diversification of livelihood options as a means of reducing vulnerability among others.

This key programmatic area is divided into two components;

I). Agriculture & livestock improvement/marketing, whose objectives include;

1. To increase agri-livestock productivity of households through provision of accessible and affordable inputs, practices and services.
2. To increase accessibility to markets for livestock producers and 1000 crop producers.
3. To increase the income levels of households through Value addition of livestock products
4.To promote the livelihoods of fisher community households through sustainable utilization of fishery resources.
5. To increase the income levels of fisher folk’s households through value addition of fish products.


II). Micro-enterprise Development's objective are;
1. To increase the capacity of women, youths and livestock traders to access credit and other BDs services.
2. To increase the capacities of women, youths and livestock traders in making informed business choices.