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USAID is responding to the urgent food security situation in Kenya, working with partners to alleviate hunger and suffering.
USAID is responding to the urgent food security situation in Kenya, working with partners to alleviate hunger and suffering.
U.S. Embassy in Kenya

Key Developments

USAID is responding to the crisis in Northern Ethiopia as well as a historic drought in the Horn of Africa, including Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, where people in the region are experiencing the world's worst food insecurity emergency in 2022.

People in Kenya are experiencing deteriorating food security and nutrition outcomes due to ongoing drought conditions. More than 4 million people across Kenya's arid and semi-arid land (ASAL) counties likely require emergency food assistance to meet basic needs and nearly 885,000 children are acutely malnourished..

In Fiscal Year 2022, the USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance has provided more than $315 million to respond to humanitarian needs among drought-affected, refugee, and other vulnerable populations in Kenya.

Background

Four consecutive seasons of poor rainfall between 2020 and 2022 has led to the most severe drought on record in the Horn of Africa, including Kenya, in the last 40 years. Concurrent shocks, including the socioeconomic impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and pest infestations prevented households from recovering fully from previous droughts, drastically reducing household resilience. Critical water shortages in drought-affected areas have significantly undermined livestock conditions, livelihoods, and food security.

Through ongoing programs, USAID is supporting efforts to strengthen health and nutrition systems in drought-affected areas in coordination with 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: September 30, 2022

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