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 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.

Ongoing drought conditions and resultant high staple food prices continue to drive food insecurity in Kenya, the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) reports. While substantial offseason rains from July–September have resulted in improved forage, livestock, and water conditions in Baringo, Marsabit, Turkana, and West Pokot counties, food security continues to deteriorate in other pastoral areas where the majority of vulnerable households are experiencing Crisis—IPC 3—levels of acute food insecurity, according to FEWS NET.

FEWS NET projects that the upcoming long rains harvest could be 20–30 percent below average, resulting in staple food prices exceeding five-year averages and further constraining household food access. Most vulnerable households in agricultural areas continue to experience Stressed—IPC 2—levels of food insecurity, with some households in Kilifi, Kwale, and Taita Taveta counties experiencing Crisis-level food insecurity.

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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: October 16, 2017

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