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

Latest Horn of Africa Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) is responding to the complex emergency in the Horn of Africa region, including in EthiopiaKenya, and Somalia.

Poor March-to-May rainfall has contributed to atypically high food assistance needs, particularly in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands counties, the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network reports. Large parts of the country continue to face Crisis-level acute food insecurity, which will likely persist through January 2018 in many areas. Without continued humanitarian assistance, poor households in pastoral areas currently experiencing Crisis-level food insecurity could face deteriorating conditions in the coming months.

On August 3, the U.S. government (USG) announced $169 million in new humanitarian assistance to support relief interventions in Ethiopia and Kenya. The total includes $137 million in funding—including for urgently needed relief food and nutrition assistance—for the Ethiopia response and nearly $33 million in funding—including for emergency food, nutrition, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) assistance—for the Kenya response. The new funding brings total USG humanitarian assistance for the Horn of Africa region to more than $806 million to date in FY 2017.

Please visit our Horn of Africa web page for additional information.


In Kenya, drought conditions have exacerbated chronic stressors, including food insecurity and malnutrition. Through ongoing programs, USAID/OFDA and USAID/FFP are supporting efforts to strengthen health and nutrition systems in drought-affected areas in coordination with USAID/Kenya resilience initiatives to mitigate the effects of recurrent natural hazards. In addition, vvulnerable populations across Kenya continue to confront several other challenges—including seasonal flooding, localized inter-communal conflict, disease outbreaks, and limited access to health and water, sanitation, and hygiene services—that contribute to sustained humanitarian needs in Kenya.

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Last updated: August 04, 2017

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