Food Assistance Fact Sheet - Kenya

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February 9, 2018


  • Despite modest improvements in vegetation conditions from the October-to-December rains, dry conditions persist across pastoral and marginal agricultural areas of Kenya. Many households are currently experiencing Stressed (IPC 2) levels of acute food insecurity, while Crisis (IPC 3) levels of acute food insecurity continue in parts of Isiolo and Tana River counties due to a lack of food and income opportunities. The Government of Kenya is expected to release a seasonal assessment at the end of February, indicating 2018 relief needs.
  • Below-average rainfall has resulted in limited vegetation for grazing and underweight livestock across the majority of pastoral areas; livestock prices have fallen between 7-24 percent below the five-year average.  Additionally, many households bring livestock to sell at markets during January in order to earn income to pay school fees, causing an oversupply and leading to depressed livestock prices.
  • According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Kenya hosts more than 489,000 refugees. As of November 2017, Kenya hosted more than 285,700 Somalis and 111,000 South Sudanese fleeing conflict and food insecurity in their own countries. While the number of Somali refugees has decreased since 2016 due to repatriations, the number of South Sudanese has increased as insecurity worsens in South Sudan.


  • USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) partners with the UN World Food Program (WFP) to provide relief and build resilience among the most vulnerable populations in Kenya. In the arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs) counties, FFP supports food-insecure Kenyans by providing in-kind food aid or cash transfers for food in exchange for work on improving community assets, such as rehabilitating local roads or irrigation systems. FFP supports WFP to provide supplementary nutritious foods for children younger than five years of age and pregnant and lactating women in areas with the highest levels of acute malnutrition. FFP also provides funding and in-kind, ready-to-use therapeutic foods to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the treatment of severe acute malnutrition in the ASALs and among refugee populations in Kenya.
  • FFP supports refugees living in the Dadaab and Kakuma camps, and their host communities, through direct food distributions, education on maternal and child health, livelihoods training, and supplementary and therapeutic nutritious food. FFP also supports WFP’s refugee operation by providing cash-based transfers for food, support for local procurement of cereals and pulses, and a pilot program to develop refugee-managed milling operations.

Food for Peace Contributions

Total Contributions:

  U.S. Dollars Metric Tons
Fiscal Year 2018 $49.0 million 46,375 MT
Fiscal Year 2017 $95.5 million 64,796 MT
Fiscal Year 2016 $64.3 million 51,150 MT

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Last updated: February 09, 2018

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