- UNICEF Humanitarian Situation Report, 5 Jul 2017
- FEWS NET Kenya Food Security Outlook, June 2017 to January 2018
- OCHA Drought Response Situation Report No. 3, 29 Jun 2017
Appeals & Funding
- Kenya Flash Appeal 2017
- Horn of Africa: A Call for Action, February 2017
- Govt. Kenya: El Niño contingency plan 2014-2018
- 2017 South Sudan Regional Refugee Response Plan Revised (May 2017)
- UNHCR: South Sudan Situation Supplementary Appeal Jan - Dec 2017
- Humanitarian Action for Children 2017
- Guide to Giving (May 2017)
What are the strengths and weaknesses of migration programming that has taken place / is underway in north and sub-Saharan Africa? Specifically, in areas such as livelihoods support, protection of migrants, border security and support for resettlement and voluntary return?
Author Samuel Kariuki
Researcher Microbiology/Infectious Diseases, Kenya Medical Research Institute
Samuel Kariuki does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond the academic appointment above.
Abdia Gole, 33, is a recent graduate of Business Management from one of the leading universities in Kenya, and a candidate for the upcoming County Assembly elections for Gorbo Ward, Marsabit County, in Northern Kenya. “I am going door to door, campaigning to urge women and youth to vote for me. Our time is now or never,” says Gole.
A pioneering soil carbon project helps to double maize production in areas of Kenya, improving farmers’ livelihoods and agricultural practices.
Eight years ago, extended droughts and unpredictable rainy seasons in the Nyanza and Western provinces of Kenya were destroying the crops of smallholder farmers, and with them, farmers’ ability to earn an income and provide food for their families. Despite their best efforts, farmers lacked the know-how to adapt to, and even prosper in a changing environment.
This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. WHO AFRO is currently monitoring 42 events. This week, two new events have been reported: outbreaks of cholera in Burundi and CrimeanCongo haemorrhagic fever in Senegal. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events in the region, including the:
• Grade 3 humanitarian crises in South Sudan;
• Grade 2 outbreaks of necrotizing cellulitis/fasciitis in Sao Tome and Principe, and cholera in Tanzania;
July 14, 2017 - The creation of an emergency hub in Nairobi by World Health organization has been well received by the Kenyan government and partners.
The initiative was recently introduced in Nairobi by Dr Ibrahima-Soce Fall, the WHO AFRO director for Emergencies when he met the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for health Dr Cleopa Mailu, MOH officials and various partners. These included CDC, Office for coordination of Humanitarian affairs (OCHA), World Bank, UNICEF, USAID, and UNHCR, International Federation for the Red Cross and Red Crescent and GIZ.
Understanding labour migration in the East African Community
- The biophysical indicators show unusual fluctuations outside the expected seasonal ranges.
- 50.0 mm of rainfall was received in the month of June.
- The June VCI values for Baringo County, Mogotio and East Pokot subcounty were 35, 31 and 34 respectively. Tiaty, Baringo North and Mogotio are currently below normal ranges indicating moderate drought.
- The Water level in water pans is below normal at 2 (10%-30%).
- Rainfall: The amount of rainfall received for both sub counties reduced significantly during the month of June to 44% of normal.
- Vegetation condition: The vegetation condition improved further to normal vegetation greenness for Mbeere South and above normal vegetation greenness for Mbeere North.
- Normally, the June is a dry month for the County.
- The vegetation condition was moderate across all the sub-counties.
- Water was inadequate for both livestock and for people due to poor recharge of water sources during the rainy season.
Biophysical Indicators (Environmental indicators)
- Generally the month of June recorded significant drop in the amount of rainfall recorded.
- State of water sources in the county during the month under review was 4 (declining)-below normal at this time of the year.
- On average pasture and browse condition recorded some improvement.
- On average, the county 3-month VCI for June was 25.11, indicating moderate vegetation deficit with Kilifi South recording normal vegetation deficit.
- Below-normal rainfall was received in both livelihood zones.
- The Vegetation Condition Index was below normal at 30.34.
- The state of water sources was normal for this time of the year.
- Livestock body condition was normal at this time of the year.
- Milk production was below normal.
- No livestock migration was reported during the month.
- Rainfall: For the month of June, the County has experienced rainfall ranging from light showers to heavy downpour. The rain was distributed fairly in terms of time and poorly in terms of space. The received rainfall was approximately 70% of the expected amount for the month, which is below the normal range.
- Below normal rainfall was experienced in the month of June.
- The vegetation condition Index VCI-3Month) was 25.31 in the month of June from 12.06 in May which is near normal.
- The VCI indicated improving vegetation condition with a moderate band deficit. The situation is improving the overall drought stage in the county was at Alert in June.
- Generally the month was characterized by hot sunny days.
- The County experienced normal vegetation greenness (VCI of 50.53) apart from some pockets where there was moderate drought.
- The quantity and quality of pasture ranged from fair to good in the Mixed farming zone while in the Marginal mixed farming zone it was fair.
- The state of water sources in rivers, pans and dams was fair to good mostly in both Mixed farming (Coffee/Dairy) and Mixed farming (Livestock/Food Crop) while in the Marginal mixed farming zone it was fair.
- Rainfall: Generally the County didn’t receive rainfall in the month under review. However, there were traced amounts in Marsabit Mountain and Moyale Township.
- Vegetation condition: Vegetation condition index slightly improved from 14.73 in May to 19.05 in June but still stands within the severe vegetation deficit band. Pasture and browse is fair-good in Agropastoral zone while poor in Pastoral livelihood zone.
- The month was generally dry across all livelihood zones.
- Vegetation conditions remained poor with a vegetation condition index recorded at 38.33.
- Pasture and browse conditions were largely poor in the Agro-pastoral livelihood zone and fair to good in all the other livelihood zones similar to last month.
- Rainfall: The cessation of long rains was experienced in the third dekad of May.
- Vegetation condition: The 3 month vegetation condition index (VCI) for the County is 28.67 depicting a moderate vegetation deficit.
- Rainfall received was below normal and was poorly distributed both in space and time. The cumulative amount was 2.9 mm and 2.8 mm and in the 1st and 2nd dekads respectively.
- The vegetation cover further improved within the county with overall vegetation cover increasing from 15.71 to 24.3 as measured by vegetation condition index.
- Surface and underground water sources across the livelihood zones remained partially recharged; however, trekking distance for both households and livestock increased.
- The highlands of the county received light showers in the month under review.
- The long rains season was depressed, erratic and characterized by poor distribution in terms of time and space.
- The rains supported pulses production, water recharge and pasture regeneration.
- Vegetation condition index stood at 31.08 i.e. moderate vegetation deficit showing improvement from severe in May.