FEWS Kenya Food Security Report 7 Oct 2003

Situation Report
Originally published



Farming households in the pastoral and marginal agricultural districts are eagerly anticipating the onset of the 2003/04 short-rains season, even as unseasonable rainfall continues in the high potential western Kenya.

Key pastoral production resources - water, pasture and browse - have continued to decline during the dry season. In turn, major food security indicators, milk availability, livestock prices and rates of child malnutrition, have become increasingly negative.

Harvesting of the long-rains maize crop is nearly complete in all areas, except in the high potential areas in western Kenya, which produce over 40 percent of national long-rains output.

Maize prices have responded to increased supply of harvested grain and imports, by further declining in most markets during September. A more dramatic decline in prices is anticipated in November, during the main harvest.

In collaboration with the Government of Kenya, the World Food Program is set to provide US$2 million to families caring for children orphaned by HIV/AIDs, starting in Busia District, where some of the highest prevalence rates have been reported.

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