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12 Mar 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• Results of the 2017 Short Rains Assessment released on 2nd March indicate that 2.55 million people are food insecure, down from 3.4 million.

• A total of 5,891 severely malnourished children and 13,029 moderately malnourished children were admitted for treatment in January 2018.

• According to January and February Nutrition surveys, the caseload of severely malnourished children has reduced by 16% from 6 months ago, with a reduction of 7% in the number of moderately malnourished children.

19 Feb 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Kenyan traders imported more than 77,500 tonnes of maize worth $31.2 million since January from its neighbours.

  • This is the highest amount of imports in the past five years as drought and the effects of the fall armyworm manifest in the country’s staple.

  • Kenyan traders have taken advantage of the low prices in Uganda’s Tororo, Gulu, Masindi and Lira regions to ship in the produce, buying a tonne for as low as $180 per tonne.


16 Feb 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


  • In January 2018, UNICEF has distributed 2,909 cartons of Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) across nine counties.

  • A total of 95,757 people (15,321 children under five) were reached with malaria control interventions including indoor residual spraying, distribution of insecticidal treated nets, as well as behaviour change communication.

12 Feb 2018 description


Fall Armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), FAW, is an insect native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas. Its larval stage (photo) feeds on more than 80 plant species, including maize, rice, sorghum, millet, sugarcane, vegetable crops, and cotton. FAW can cause significant yield losses if not well managed. It can have a number of generations per year and the moth can fly up to 100 km per night. Its modality of introduction along with its biological and ecological adaptation across Africa are still speculative.

29 Jan 2018 description

23,288 new arrivals were registered in Kakuma in 2017. 16,622 (71.4%) are from South Sudan.

75,297 Somalis have been assisted to return to Somalia under the voluntary repatriation programme. 35,407 returned in 2017 alone.

238,152 (49%) refugees reside in Dadaab, 185,154 (38%) in Kakuma and Kalobeyei Settlement and 65,109 (13%) in Nairobi.

Working with Partners

05 Jan 2018 description

In September 2016, the UN General Assembly adopted the New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants. UN Member States committed to strengthening and enhancing mechanisms to protect refugees and migrants and to move towards a more effective system of responsibility sharing in the international refugee response. States committed to working towards the adoption of a Global Compact on Refugees in 2018, to consist of a Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) and a Programme of Action for implementation.