The third consecutive failed rainy season has seriously eroded families' resilience, and urgent and effective livelihood support is required. The most affected areas are in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
The overall number of people in need was estimated at 2.6 million in January 2017, more than twice the estimate of 1.25 million in August 2016 and more than four times the caseload of 640,000 estimated 12 months earlier.
As millions of east African farmers seek to recover from a devastating drought, they face a new threat – the fall armyworm. The pest has been detected in Kenya and is suspected to have entered the country from Uganda.