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A woman in Kenya’s Isiolo Region leads her camels to water at a well rehabilitated and improved with USAID/OFDA support.
A woman in Kenya’s Isiolo Region leads her camels to water at a well rehabilitated and improved with USAID/OFDA support.
Laura Meissner/USAID

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Key Developments

On October 22, 2014, Ambassador Godec reissued a disaster declaration due to increased food insecurity and poor nutritional conditions in northern Kenya and in the capital city of Nairobi. In response, USAID supported the implementation of nutrition and emergency food assistance activities for food-insecure and malnourished populations in affected areas.

Government of Kenya interventions, USAID and other international humanitarian assistance, and near-normal rainfall during the 2015 March-to-May long rains resulted in relatively improved food security, and nearly 1.1 million people required food assistance as of August—an approximately 33 percent decrease from the 1.6 million people requiring food assistance in February 2015. Nearly 240,000 children required treatment for acute malnutrition, however, and global acute malnutrition prevalence continued to exceed the UN World Health Organization (WHO) emergency threshold of 15 percent in some affected areas

Background

Although cyclical drought has affected Kenya for years, droughts are becoming increasingly frequent. Following unfavorable rainfall in late 2010 and early 2011, severe drought conditions resulted in sharply deteriorating food security conditions among pastoralists in northern Kenya and populations in rain-dependent marginal agricultural areas. Affected populations experienced loss of livelihoods, lack of food and agricultural resources, and limited access to safe drinking water.

Vulnerable populations across Kenya continue to confront several other challenges—including seasonal flooding, localized inter-communal conflict, above-average food prices, disease outbreaks, and limited access to health and WASH services—that contribute to sustained humanitarian needs in Kenya.

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Last updated: October 26, 2015

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