Kenya

Kenya: Drought Emergency appeal n° MDRKE016

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This Revised Emergency Appeal now seeks CHF 30,438,354 in cash, kind, or services to support the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) assist about 1,000,000 beneficiaries. The appeal time frame is unchanged, and this operation will therefore be completed by the end of July 2012. A Final Report will be made available by end of October 2012 (three months after the end of the operation).

Appeal history:

• Kenya Red Cross Society launched a National Drought Appeal on 14 January 2011 for CHF 28,343,156 for 6 months.

• An Emergency appeal for CHF 4,931,743 was launched by the IFRC EA Regional Representation on 23 March 2011 for 6 months to assist 855,000 beneficiaries. The appeal supplemented KRCS’ response to the drought.

• The Appeal was revised on 22 July 2011 to extend the duration to 12 months and the number of targeted beneficiaries to 1,000,000.

• The current revision addresses evident gaps by adding longer-term food security interventions and doubling school feeding programmes, including the addition of water trucking to schools.

Summary: As predicted, inadequate and poorly distributed precipitation has resulted in severe losses of harvest in mostly rain-fed agro-ecological zones, as well as serious water shortages. The central factor necessitating this revised appeal is the new assessments indicating an increase in the numbers of those in need of humanitarian assistance from 2.4 million to 3.75 million people in August 2011. More areas such as the lower Eastern region of Kenya have now slipped from a crisis to an emergency level in terms of food insecurity with a confirmed near total crop failure. In addition, as more resources get depleted, there has been increased migration of nomadic pastoral groups, resulting in resource-based conflict.

Urgent cross-sectoral interventions are necessary to prevent further decline in the food security situation in the country. Food availability remains a major concern of the Government and the humanitarian community. To continue food assistance in the most drought-affected areas an additional 2880 MT of unimix is required. This includes a small contingency for districts in provinces that have not been specifically declared in the appeal.