Food security conditions improve in Kenya, decreasing the food-insecure population to approximately 700,000 people
March-to-May long rains result in extensive flooding, affecting an estimated 800,000 people
The USG provides more than $131.4 million in FY 2018 humanitarian funding
From March–June, heavy rains resulted in widespread flooding across Kenya, displacing an estimated 300,000 people and generating emergency food, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) needs for approximately 800,000 people. In response, USAID/OFDA provided $3.5 million to the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) and World Vision to conduct relief interventions for flood-affected communities.
Conversely, above-average seasonal rainfall has improved food security conditions in drought-affected areas, increasing crop yields and decreasing food prices, according to the Government of Kenya (GoK). As a result, the number of acutely food insecure people in Kenya had decreased by approximately 70 percent to an estimated 700,000 people as of August, the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) reports.
In FY 2018, the USG provided more than $131.4 million to respond to urgent food, health, livelihoods, nutrition, and WASH needs among vulnerable populations in Kenya.