Drought has swept across Kenya’s coastal and semi-arid regions in the north and north-east following two consecutive failed seasonal rains in 2016, doubling the number of foodinsecure people to 2.7 million, especially in pastoral areas. Farmers have been unable to plant crops, and the value of livestock has dropped. Malnutrition rates in some areas have reached crisis levels, especially among children under five and expectant mothers, putting them at further risk of disease. An IFRC emergency appeal was revised in March 2017 to assist more than one million people with health, nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, food security, and livelihood interventions.
Publication date: 02/06/2017
Document status: Final