January 2014 the Government of Kenya declared an impending drought with an estimated 1.6 million people affected.
March – May 2014: Poor performance of the long rains.
Ongoing: Increasing food prices and general.
June - July 2014: According to SMART survey results from the Nutrition Information Working Group (NIWG) the nutritional status in the target counties has deteriorated as compared to June 2013. 29 August 2014: IFRC launches Emergency Appeal.
Due to the poor performance of the long rains between the months of March and May 2014 in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands in Kenya, the drought situation has continued to affect both pastoral and marginal agriculture livelihood zones (the North Western, Northern, North Eastern, South Eastern and parts of Coast). The drought situation is affecting households’ food availability as well as livestock productivity. The situation has continued to worsen due to the increase in food prices which has continually eroded household purchasing power driven by increase in fuel costs, and general inflation. Through the launch of this appeal, IFRC will support the Kenya Red Cross Society to assist 649,175 persons affected by the drought situation for a period of 9 months.
The Kenya Food Security Steering Group 2013 short rains assessment conducted in February 2014 indicated that poor performance of the 2013 short rains had resulted in more people becoming food insecure. The National Disaster Management Authority, through its routine early warning system bulletins, January - June 2014, issued drought alerts in Mandera, Turkana, Baringo, Samburu, Wajir and Marsabit Counties with the trend either worsening or deteriorating. Earlier during the year in January 2014, the Government of Kenya declared an impending drought with an estimated 1.6 Million Kenyans being highlighted as requiring emergency food assistance.