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23 May 2018 description

A farmer with at least two acres of land can earn as much as three times more with chilli than with cattle

KITENGELA, Kenya, May 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In this arid stretch of Kajiado County, where worsening heat and drought have been tough on livestock farmers, Arnold Ole Kapurua is experimenting with a hot new crop: chillis.

Ole Kapurua, 29, a farmer and agronomist, now grows two acres of the fiery pods – and is training other farmers to do the same - as a way to protect their incomes in the face of harsher weather linked to climate change.

23 May 2018 description

Record-high rainfall generally improving outcomes despite flooding impacts

Key Messages

23 May 2018 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation Maimbo Malesu, Theme Leader, Water Management, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)

For the past month Kenya has had torrential rainfall. This followed devastating droughts in parts of the country. The Conversation Africa’s Moina Spooner asked Maimbo Malesu how the country can make better use of the rains.

What is rainwater harvesting and how does it work?

22 May 2018 description
report Swiss Re

Every year natural and man-made catastrophes cause a distressing loss of lives and considerable economic costs around the world. Both industrialised and developing countries are affected. Surprisingly, both are also materially underinsured.

This financing gap is borne largely by the public sector, and may create long-term fiscal instability at a time when government budgets are stretched. Furthermore rating agencies are starting to take a closer look at such contingent liabilities faced by public administrations.

18 May 2018 description
report World Vision

Key messages

  • People in need: A total of 2.55 million people require immediate food assistance from March to August 2018. Of this, 2.35 million people are in crisis and emergency drought classification, with 200,000 others in stress classification.

  • While parts of the country were still experiencing the impacts of drought, the torrential rains that commenced in March 2018 have further resulted in erosion of livelihoods thus affecting 29 Counties.

17 May 2018 description
  • 185,624: Number of refugees registered in Kakuma camp and Kalobeyei settlement as at 30 April 2018.
  • 4,157: Number of new arrivals with heightened protection needs registered in 2018.
  • 3,160: Number of Somali refugees assisted to return to Somalia since February 2016

Update on Achievements


16 May 2018 description

by Maria Eliza Villarino

Over the last few years, CIAT, under the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture, and Food Security, or CCAFS, has been promoting climate-smart agriculture, a set of practices that can boost farming yields, while enabling farmers to adapt to climate change and, where appropriate, reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Developing climate-smart agriculture (CSA) profiles for countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America forms part of this effort.

12 May 2018 description

Heavy rainfall and further flooding expected across East Africa through the end of May

12 May 2018 description

Seasonal rainfall well above normal in East Africa; recent evidence suggests food security further deteriorates in South Sudan

Key Messages

10 May 2018 description

ROME– Les agriculteurs vulnérables ont reçu un paiement d’assurance dans le cadre d'un système innovant de gestion des risques climatiques connu sous le nom de R4 Initiative de résilience rurale (R4), pour compenser les pertes liées à une faible pluviométrie en Ethiopie, Kenya, Malawi, Sénégal et Zambie. Les agriculteurs qui participent au R4 - lancé par le Programme alimentaire mondial (PAM) et Oxfam America en 2011 - recevront des paiements d'assurance, les plus importants à ce jour, totalisant 1,5 million de dollars.

09 May 2018 description

ROME – Poor rainfall in parts of Africa has triggered the largest insurance pay-out to date for vulnerable farmers under an innovative climate risk management scheme known as the R4 Rural Resilience Initiative (R4). Farmers participating in R4 – launched by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Oxfam America in 2011 - will receive insurance payments totalling US$1.5 million to compensate for weather-related crop losses in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Senegal and Zambia.

09 May 2018 description


  • Abundant rains in March and April benefited establishment and development of 2018 “long-rains” crops and improved pasture conditions

  • Widespread floods resulting in displacement of about 244 000 individuals

  • Reduced cereal output obtained in 2017 due to unfavourable weather conditions

  • Prices of maize declining and generally at low levels, mostly due to sustained imports

  • As of January 2018, 2.35 million people severely food insecure, 30 percent less than in October 2017

09 May 2018 description
infographic UN Children's Fund

16.3 million people in need of humanitarian services

8.2 million children in need of humanitarian services

667,948 children under-five in need of SAM treatment

14.8 million people are in need of water

At least 6.2 million children are at risk of dropping out of school



  • Over 582,000 people have been affected by the flash and river floodingin Bakool, Banadir, Bay, Hiraan, Lower Juba, Middle Juba and Middle Shabelle regions, including 200,000 people displaced.

08 May 2018 description
report World Bank

NAIROBI, May 7, 2018 – In the North and North Eastern regions of Kenya, nearly 70% of residents live in poverty and have poor access to basic services. Frequent droughts pose a significant threat to livestock, the main source of food and income for nearly all of the people who live in this area. Socio-economic indicators fall significantly below the national average; for example, the female literacy rate is 41%, well below the national average of 89%.

08 May 2018 description

Farmers who had never tasted fish are now raising tilapia and catfish for factories producing fish sausages, samosas and kebabs

ITUGURURU, Kenya, May 4 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Kenya's often parched Tharaka Nithi County might seem an unlikely place to take up fish farming. But farmer James Muchangi thinks tilapia and catfish might be his crop of the future as climate change brings more unpredictable weather and worsening crop failures.

07 May 2018 description

Significantly above-average rainfall since the beginning of the Long Rains rainy season in March have led to flooding across the country. Between 244,000 and 260,000 people are estimated to have been displaced. Rains are expected to continue in the following weeks, meaning further flooding is likely and recovery will take time. Among the displaced population, there are needs for shelter, food, WASH, and health assistance.

07 May 2018 description

Now "we will not be gambling with our livestock. We will be very sure where the pasture and water is and we will just head there"

By Anthony Langat

ARKAMANA, Kenya, May 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - During times of drought, herder Buchu Boru has to walk tens of kilometres in search of pasture for his animals - with no guarantee he will find it.

06 May 2018 description

In Numbers

11,925 mt of food assistance distributed

US$5.8 m cash based transfers made

US$19.6 m six months (April- September 2018) net funding requirements

2.16 m people assisted in March 2018

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