Crises and Conflict - Kenya
A young girl waits for a chance to fill her jerrycan in a village in Kenya where USAID is working to help respond to drought and food insecurity.
Rob Friedman/USAID

Latest Kenya Fact Sheet

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Key Developments

Two consecutive poor rainy seasons—the October-to-December 2018 short rains and March-to-May 2019 long rains—have contributed to drought conditions and a deteriorating food security and nutrition situation across Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands. As of August, an estimated 2.6 million people in Kenya were experiencing Crisis—IPC 3—or Emergency—IPC 4—levels of acute food insecurity, compared to the 700,000 people who faced similar levels of food insecurity in August 2018, according to the Kenya Food Security Steering Group.

In FY 2019, the U.S. Government provided more than $121 million to respond to humanitarian needs among drought-affected, refugee, and other vulnerable populations in Kenya.


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, vulnerable populations across Kenya continue to confront several other challenges—including seasonal flooding, localized intercommunal 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: October 31, 2019

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