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17 Oct 2017 description
report IRIN

Anthony Morland
Project Editor

Turkana is one of several arid counties in Kenya in the throes of a prolonged and extreme drought. Most people in these areas raise livestock for a living, grazing their sheep, goats, cows, and camels on open rangeland. Usually, two annual rainy seasons ensure there’s enough grass to keep the millions of animals healthy. But this year, hundreds of thousands of animals have died of hunger, thirst, and disease.

IRIN spoke to several Turkana residents about the impact the drought was having on their lives.

17 Oct 2017 description

by Justus Wanzala | Thomson Reuters Foundation Monday, 16 October 2017 15:30 GMT

Using imported seed, "you are not sure if you will harvest enough to offset the costs" - so local seed is gaining ground, farmers say

MATUNGULU, Kenya, Oct 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The onset of long rains in Matungulu, a sub-county of Machakos County in eastern Kenya, heralds a race against time for local farmers.

17 Oct 2017 description

Apgar, M., Kniveton, D., Naess, L.O., Orindi, V., Abuya, N. and Bonaya, M. IDS Policy Briefing 145

Climate variability and change are affecting millions of poor people in Kenya, particularly in arid and semi-arid lands. Significant investments are being made in developing Climate Information Services (CIS) which are tailored to the needs of pastoralists and agro-pastoralists and aim to help them adapt to the impact of climate change in these regions.

17 Oct 2017 description

The food security and nutrition situation in Kenya has deteriorated significantly since March 2017, due to late onset and below-average March-May long rains, high staple food prices and the Fall Army Worm infestation.

17 Oct 2017 description

Country update

The borders, Nadapal with South Sudan remained open and the Immigration authorities have allowed South Sudanese applicants to enter. With the steady flow, 12476 new arrivals were registered in Kakuma camp and Kalobeyei settlement from January until the end of 30 June. The South Sudanese population represents the largest group in Kakuma including Kalobeyei.

16 Oct 2017 description

GENEVA (16 October 2017) – Kenya must lift its newly-imposed ban on protests in key cities, end police brutality during demonstrations, and halt attacks on the judiciary and civil society in the tense run-up to presidential elections on 26 October, a group of UN experts* has urged.

16 Oct 2017 description

Seminar on the Kampala Convention, jointly organized by IGAD and the ICRC in Nairobi

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) held its second Seminar on the Kampala Convention, focusing on the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Africa. The seminar, which was held on 10-11 October 2017 in Nairobi, was a follow up of the seminar IGAD and ICRC held on the Kampala Convention in October 2016.

16 Oct 2017 description

Kenya: Police Killed, Beat Post-Election Protesters

Authorities Should Rein in Law Enforcement for Repeat Election

(Nairobi) – Kenyan police killed at least 33 people, possibly as many as 50, and injured hundreds more in some parts of Nairobi, the capital, in response to protests following the August 8, 2017 elections, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said in a joint report released today.

14 Oct 2017 description
report Save the Children

Media Contact

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (October 13, 2017) — Gabriela Hearst pledged to donate $600,000 for Save the Children’s famine relief efforts in Turkana, Kenya. To help raise much-needed awareness of the famine and in partnership with NET-A-PORTER and Bergdorf Goodman, the highly coveted Gabriela Hearst handbag collection was available for immediate purchase for the first time from October 1 to 8, 2017.

14 Oct 2017 description
report Voice of America

Sora Halake

Residents of a Kenyan refugee complex, who said their camps lacked adequate water, shelter, health care and other necessities, say they have seen significant improvements since they aired the grievances three months ago.

13 Oct 2017 description
report IRIN

Even at the best of times, the people of Turkana live on the edge. Almost all of the 1.3 million inhabitants of this arid county in northwest Kenya endure extreme poverty. Malnutrition rates are among the highest in the country. Since much of the land here is unsuitable for agriculture, most of the population raises livestock, herding animals long distances to find good pasture and plentiful water.

Read more on IRIN

13 Oct 2017 description

Reacting to the Kenyan government’s decision to ban demonstrations in the central business districts of the country’s three main cities, Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu, Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes, said:

“This ban, announced just two weeks ahead of a fraught repeat presidential election, is likely to become a basis for heavy-handed police crackdowns,

13 Oct 2017 description

Using information and communication technologies to extend healthcare to poor and marginalized populations in Kenya seems an obvious choice. Kenya’s remote rural regions suffer from a dire shortage of health workers and health facilities, yet more than 90% of the country is covered by mobile services.

Although this strong mobile penetration has led to a boom in eHealth projects, research carried out by the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme reveals that it has not made healthcare more accessible across the country.

13 Oct 2017 description

GWP has been implementing the Water, Climate and Development Program for Africa (WACDEP) as part of the work plan of the African Union’s African Ministerial Council on Water (AMCOW). The First Phase of WACDEP has been implemented in 8 countries and 5 transboundary basins in Africa. AMCOW, during the Africa Water Week in July 2016 in Tanzania, endorsed WACDEP to be expanded to additional 10 countries. Kenya is one of the countries selected for the second phase of WACDEP.

11 Oct 2017 description
report Food for the Hungry


Can the world ever eradicate poverty? At Food for the Hungry, we believe it’s possible.

In fact, we see progress toward this every day in communities all around the world where we work to ease human suffering and graduate communities from extreme poverty. But, it is an uphill climb.

11 Oct 2017 description
report Government of Kenya


Off-season rainfall in July and August, particularly in parts of the northern Rift Valley and coast, has reduced distances to water and improved livestock body condition, with positive consequences for milk production, livestock prices, and food consumption. Elsewhere, however, drought stress is deepening as the dry season reaches its height. The prices of basic foodstuffs, though generally falling, are still unusually high. As expected, the long rains harvest was poor, and therefore unlikely to have any significant impact on households’ access to food.

10 Oct 2017 description
report ACTED

In Lenge’i village, Samburu County, access to safe water has for years been a big challenge due to poor infrastructural development. The area receives very little rainfall subsequently affecting the surface and sub-surface water recharge rates. Recurrent droughts have led to increased distances and time spent in search of safe water.