- South Sudan Situation: Kenya Refugee Response Plan - Midyear Update, Jan-Jun 2017
- UNICEF Humanitarian Situation Report 15 September 2017
- FEWS NET Kenya Price Bulletin, August 2017
- Govt: The 2017 Long Rains Season Assessment Report
Appeals & Funding
- Kenya Flash Appeal 2017: Revised for Sep - Dec 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)
- East Africa: Armyworm Infestation - Mar 2017
- Kenya: Floods - Apr 2016
- Kenya: Floods - Nov 2015
- Kenya: Cholera Outbreak - 2015-2017
- Kenya: Drought - 2014-2017
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Horn of Africa: Polio Outbreak - May 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Mar 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Jan 2013
- Kenya: Floods - Apr 2012
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Bertha Wangari, Information & Communication Assistant, EU Humanitarian Aid
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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,
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.
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.
WRITTEN BY JOSH AYERS
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.
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.
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.