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20 Apr 2018 description

by Caroline Wambui | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 20 April 2018 02:25 GMT

The loss of fruit trees for firewood and charcoal is hurting food security, particularly as droughts lengthen

KAJUKI, Kenya, April 20 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - When Leah Mutembei was growing up in Kajuki, a village in central Kenya, most farms were dotted with avocado and mango trees.

"But now they have all gone," the 32-year-old maize farmer said from her homestead, gesturing to the barren land nearby.

11 Apr 2018 description

by Reuters
Wednesday, 4 April 2018 11:47 GMT

Proceeds from green bonds help finance projects in renewable energy, green transport and energy-efficiency

NAIROBI, April 4 (Reuters) - A non-profit organisation plans to issue a 1.5 billion shilling ($15 million) bond this year to fund Kenyan water utilities.

Read more on the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

10 Apr 2018 description


↗ International prices of wheat and maize rose in March for the third consecutive month and averaged more than 10 percent above their levels in December 2017. Prices were mainly supported by concerns over the impact of prolonged dryness in key-growing areas of the United States of America and Argentina, coupled with strong demand. International rice prices remained relatively stable.

09 Apr 2018 description
report World Bank

This study, based on analyses of current and projected ways to mitigate drought impacts in drylands, quantifies the potential for strengthening crop- and livestock-based livelihoods, identifies promising interventions, quantifies their likely costs and benefits, and describes the policy trade-offs that will need to be addressed when drylands development strategies are devised. This study was designed to contribute to the ongoing dialogue about measures to reduce the vulnerability and enhance the resilience of populations living in drylands.

04 Apr 2018 description
report UN Children's Fund


• Following security operations and political tensions, some 10,557 people from the Oromia region in Moyale, Ethiopia, have been displaced across the border to Moyale in Marsabit county, Kenya, since 10 March. More than 80% of the asylum seekers are women and children, including 600 pregnant women and 1,500 children under five. UNICEF is supporting response coordination and is providing WASH, Health, Nutrition, Child Protection and NFIs support.

03 Apr 2018 description
report Save the Children


The Horn of Africa has been grappling with the effects of consecutive failed rains across Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia that led to 12 million people in need of humanitarian assistance at the start of 2017.

Children bore the brunt of the crisis as their families struggled to survive in a worsening situation that resulted in malnutrition, increased susceptibility to diseases, limited access to school and exposure to protection concerns as families would migrate in search of food and water.

31 Mar 2018 description

Staple Food Markets in East Africa: White maize is the main staple grain consumed in Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia. In Uganda, white maize is grown mainly as a commercial crop for export in the region. Imported rice is a major staple for Somalia, which mainly consume belem—the imported red rice. Tanzania is also a major producer and source of rice in the region while Kenya and Uganda are minor producers. Both red and white sorghum are produced and consumed in the region. This is an important staple in Sudan and Somalia as well as in other marginal agricultural areas of the region.

31 Mar 2018 description

Maize and beans are the most important commodities consumed, with maize availability considered synonymous with food security. Beans are very often consumed with maize. The Nairobi market is indicative for urban consumers. Eldoret is a producing area and located in the “grain basket zone.” Kisumu is a large market located in a deficit area with marginal agricultural productivity. Kitui is prone to droughts and is a marginal producing area. Lodwar market is located in Turkana, a highly food insecure pastoral district which is poorly integrated with other markets.

30 Mar 2018 description

Key Messages

  • Sorghum makes important contributions to national food supply in the counties covered in this report, accounting for the majority of grain production in Sudan, South Sudan and Somalia (82, 76 and 55 percent, respectively), and smaller amounts in Ethiopia and Uganda (18 and ten percent, accordingly). Sorghum accounts over half of grain consumption in South Sudan and Sudan and nine to 18 percent in Somalia, Ethiopia, and Uganda, respectively.

30 Mar 2018 description
report Oxfam
  • With below average rains experienced across the region, some locations in the Horn of Africa are expected to continue to drive humanitarian needs for the next six months. A weak La Niña will likely persist into the second quarter of 2018, which is historically associated with below average rainfall.
    According to experts who spoke in the 48th Greater Horn of Africa Climate Outlook Forum, La Niña could trigger severe hunger and lack of water for both humans and livestock, potentially increase conflict between communities over scarce resources and could increased migrations.

27 Mar 2018 description

Regional Mixed Migration Secretariat (RMMS) summary for February 2018 covering mixed migration events, trends and data for Djibouti, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Somalia / Somaliland and Yemen.

Country Profiles


26 Mar 2018 description

3,810 new arrivals were registered in February 2018-2,215 in Kakuma, 1,587 in Nairobi, and 8 in Dadaab.

76,589 Somalis have been assisted to return to Somalia under the voluntary repatriation programme since 2014.

231,103 (48%) refugees reside in Dadaab, 185,899 (38%), in Kakuma & Kalobeyei Settlement and 66,595 (14%) in Nairobi.

Working with Partners

26 Mar 2018 description

The first camp in Dadaab was established in 1991. There are 4 camps in Dadaab: Hagadera,
Dagahaley, Ifo and Ifo 2.

Since December 2014, Somali refugees who decide to voluntarily return to their home country, receive UNHCR support in Kenya and Somalia.

A total of 4,949 non-Somalis refugees were relocated to Kakuma. The relocation is currently suspended due to the limited absorption capacity and services in Kalobeyei.

Voluntary Repatriation

26 Mar 2018 description

185,867 The number of refugees registered by UNHCR as of 3 March 2018.

2,227 The number of new arrivals with heightened protection needs registered in 2018.

2,848 Number of Somali refugees from Kakuma assisted to return to Somalia since February 2016.


24 Mar 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary
- In 2013, Kisumu Water and Sewerage Company introduced a water distribution plan, the delegated management model (DMM), targeting low income earners.
- The model has improved the affordability and quality of water for slum dwellers in Kisumu while reducing losses from unaccounted-for water.
- Under DMM, the water utility firm is tasked with delivering cheaper, better quality water to previously unserved areas.

By Allan Olingo

24 Mar 2018 description

Summary Points
- White maize grain was as usual, the most regionally traded commodity between October and December 2017 because of increasing supply from the previous June-to-July, and ongoing November-to-January harvests (see Figure 1). Recurrent conflict-related trade disruptions from southern to northern markets in South Sudan encouraged alternative imports from Sudan in the north.

23 Mar 2018 description
report World Vision

Key messages

• Millions of people are at increased risk of famine or catastrophe in South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia.
FEWSnet, an international early warning system, stated that South Sudan, Somalia and Ethiopia could be looking at famine or catastrophic levels of food insecurity in various parts of their countries in the new year due to climate change, conflict and political instability.

23 Mar 2018 description
report World Vision

Key messages

People in need: According to Kenya Food Security meeting, 2.55 million people still require immediate food assistance from March to August 2018. This includes 2.35 million people who are in crisis and emergency drought classification, and 200,000 people who are in stress drought classification and require immediate food assistance.