Community Visioning and Action Planning: Guidelines for Integrating the Options by Context Approach

The Drylands Development Programme (DRYDEV) is an integrated programme designed to improve livelihoods and landscapes in semiarid areas of selected countries in the Sahel and Horn of Africa. It is a five year initiative (August 2013 to July 2018) that aims to support smallholder farmers in selected dryland areas of Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Kenya, Mali and Niger with contextually appropriate interventions. Thus, the programme strives to support farmers to pursue options that are informed by the realities of the local context and their own priorities. To fulfill this objective there is need to establish an optimal balance between expert knowledge and farmer priorities. This guideline provides details of possible steps and tools that a facilitator could adopt in supporting a community to develop a vision and an action plan, as well as implement options within the scope of the DRYDEV programme.