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06 Dec 2016 description

NAIROBI – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has been forced to make new cuts in food rations for refugees in Kenya amid a severe funding shortage, as the agency is rapidly running out of resources to feed the 434,000 refugees living in Kenya’s Dadaab and Kakuma camps and in the new Kalobeyei settlement.

28 Nov 2016 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Voluntary repatriation

  • During the reporting period, 327 returnees were supported to voluntarily return to Mogadishu,
    Somalia by flight. Flight movements have now resumed and are currently operating three days per week. In total, as of 15th November, 35,192 Somali refugees had returned home since 8th December 2014, when UNHCR started supporting voluntary return of Somali refugees in Kenya, out of which 29,091 were supported in 2016 alone.

Interventions in support of the host community

24 Nov 2016 description
report Samuel Hall

This report provides an evidence-based strategy for increasing employment opportunities and skills development for protracted and recent refugees in Kakuma refugee camp. By focusing on economic integration and capacity development, it directly contributes to the durable and transitional solutions agenda. This research was commissioned by the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) and Action Africa Help International( (AAHI) and funded by UNHCR.

23 Nov 2016 description

Highlights

  • WFP urgently requires funding to support refugees, school children and malnourished children.

  • Due to drought, 1.25 million people are acutely food insecure. Food needs are being addressed by government safety nets, WFP asset creation activities, and government relief food.

  • Late onset of the short rains (Oct-Dec) and a forecasted very poor season will exacerbate food insecurity.

  • The Government has decided to postpone the closure of the refugee camps in Dadaab.

14 Nov 2016 description
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Kenya: Government officials coercing refugees back to war-torn Somalia

Just two weeks before the deadline given to close the Dadaab refugee camp, Kenyan government officials are deliberately coercing refugees to return to Somalia, where they risk being injured or killed in the ongoing armed conflict, Amnesty International said in a report released today.

10 Nov 2016 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Drought Phase: NORMAL

Biophysical Indicators

10 Nov 2016 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • The average vegetation condition index for the county is reduced from 30.63 to 24.37

  • The current average is below the normal range of >35

  • The Sub counties of Fafi and Ijara are in the severe vegetation deficit category.

  • Water sources currently in use are boreholes, River Tana and spring,

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

07 Nov 2016 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Rainfall onset was reported during the second dekad of the month but in a few pockets. Most areas reported showers towards the end of the month. Amounts received, spatial and temporal distribution were poor across the County

07 Nov 2016 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

The entire County experienced generally sunny and dry weather conditions during October 2016. Most of the area recorded monthly total rainfalls of less than 10mm signifying the late onset of the October-December short rains season. However, Buna recorded substantial amount of rainfall on the 31st October.

07 Nov 2016 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Poor rains was received for all livelihood zones in the county during the third week of the month. This was a poor start of the season. This was below normal

  • Pasture and browse condition is moderate across the county. The condition is below normal.

  • The County State of Water is declining in main water sources in most areas. This is below normal.

07 Nov 2016 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • A dry spell persisted in most parts of the County throughout the month of October, 2016.

  • The Vegetation Cover Index (VCI) depicted normal vegetation conditions at an index of 48 compared to 59 in the month of September.

07 Nov 2016 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicator

The County is currently experiencing major vegetation deficit with Tana North (Bura) Sub County being the worst hit by the current dry spell. Extensive vegetation depletion and water scarcity have been experienced in the county.
Rainfall:

  • No major rain has been received in the county by the fourth week of October except light showers received along the coastal areas of Kipini On average, the county received 4.8 mm.

07 Nov 2016 description
report Amref Health Africa

By Maureen Cherongis

Amref Health Africa in Kenya on November 4, 2016 launched a four year project (2016-2020) aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of mothers and children in four sub-counties of Siaya County namely Alego-Usonga, Ugunja, Ugenya and Bondo.

07 Nov 2016 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

Rainfall- Onset of October-December rainfall delayed in the county, the normal onset time being 2nd to 3rd week of October. The drought indicators worsened compared to September 2016 Vegetation condition-The current county average vegetation condition index (VCI 3 month) for October is 43.The VCI Isiolo North is 43 and Isiolo South Sub County is 42. The vegetation condition worsened compared to last month.

07 Nov 2016 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation

Biophysical Indicators

  • The short rains did not start in October as was expected in a normal year.

  • The county was water stressed in October. Water sources were mainly boreholes and shallow wells. Increased use of water trucking for livestock was observed during the month.

  • The county was in normal vegetation greenness band. Kajiado South, Kajiado Central and Kajiado East were in moderate vegetation deficit.

Production and Access Indicators

07 Nov 2016 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought situation and phase classification

Biophysical Indicators (Environmental indicators)

  • On average the county received minimal rains, 1 mm.

  • State of water sources in the county during the month under review was 2 (strongly inadequate).

  • On average pasture condition was depleted in the ranching and marginal zone and poor in other livelihood zones.

  • Significant deterioration of 3-month vegetation Condition Index

07 Nov 2016 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • No rainfall was received in October. This is not normal at this time of the year.

  • The County is experiencing a normal vegetation greenness with a 3 month Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) of 41.51

Socio Economic Indicators

  • Livestock body condition for cattle is moderate (neither fat nor thin) while that of goats is good. Emaciated herds were observed in Kitui South and parts of Kitui East Sub Counties.

07 Nov 2016 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

  • Late onset of the short rains season, poor temporal and uneven spatial rainfall distribution coupled with below normal amounts of rainfall.

  • The Vegetation Condition Index was below normal at 19.14.

  • The state of water sources was inadequate and below normal.

Socio Economic Indicators (Impact Indicators)

Production indicators
- Livestock body condition was below normal at this time of the year.

07 Nov 2016 description
report Government of Kenya

Drought Situation & EW Phase Classification

Biophysical Indicators

Rainfall: the short rains (OND) onset was late and was yet to start in most of the pastoral zone. There was minimal precipitation in October compared to the amounts expected at this time of the year (below normal). The %age of average rainfall at 70 is below normal. In the mixed farming (MF) and some areas of marginal mixed farming (MMF), the rainfall distribution was fair in terms of time and space.