Kenya: Acute Food Insecurity Overview - August 2015

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01/08/2015 - 31/08/2015

The 2015 long rains assessment has established that about 1.1 million people are acutely food insecure. Assessment findings notes that factors contributing to food insecurity currently include poor temporal and spatial distribution of the long rains, below average long rains in some areas, cumulative effects of the previous three consecutive poor rains seasons, elevated food prices, crop pests and diseases, livestock diseases, conflict incidences especially in the pastoral areas, and human-wildlife conflicts in areas bordering game reserves. The food insecure populations are mainly in the northwest and northeast pastoral clusters, and the southeast marginal agricultural areas.

To mitigate against the food insecure conditions, both the national and county governments together with development partners are implementing an array of activities which include, activation of drought contingency funds for all the affected ASAL counties, Hunger Safety Net Programme which implements a cash transfer programme in Turkana, Mandera, Marsabit and Wajir, food for assets/cash for assets programmes, general food distribution, provision of school meals under various programs including Home Grown School Meals Program, and Supplementary Feeding Programmes.