Principal Secretary Harry Kimtai, state Department for Livestock Development has today opened a COG meeting for 21 Counties for senzatization and implentation of the DRIVE project, at Hotel PrideInn Paradise, in Mombasa. The PS who represented CS Mithika Linturi at the occasion said that whereas the severe drought on average affects 3.4 million people in each drought cycle in the country, the most affected regions are Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALs). The DRIVE project will therefore focus on how to protect the Pastoral economies against drought risk, increase financial inclusions of pastoralists by better connecting them to markets, thus facitating trade and upgrading value chains by mobilizing private investment. As Kimtai read the CSs speach, he noted that Livestock Department shall be coordinated by SDLD. PS assured the Governors of a good working relationship from the Kenya Development Corporation (KDC) adding that they will benefit more, once Livestock Bill is enacted in Parliament soon.