Kenya Food Security and Outcome monitoring (FSOM) Consolidated report May 2015



  • Kenya has undergone a secession of poor rainy seasons, with the last good rainfall seasonal pattern having occurred in 2013. The Long rains season of 2015 performed poorly in the beginning of the season but picked up in most parts of the country by end of April.
    However, pockets in Northern– and Northeastern pastoral zones (parts of Marsabit, Wajir and Isiolo) have received below normal rains and are of special concern as well as pockets in Kitui.

  • The majority of households in Kenya are food insecure. Some 54-58% of beneficiary– and non-beneficiary households were moderately or severely food insecure in May 2015.

  • The food consumption shows a similar trend over the past four years among beneficiaries and non–beneficiaries with a deterioration in 2014/2015 compared with 2012/2013. Some 50% of households had an acceptable food consumption score in May 2015 compared with some 70% in 2012/2013.

  • The inter-annual food and non-alcoholic drinks’ inflation stood at 13%, higher than the 8% in April 2014. There were significant price increases in respect to several food items such as maize flour, potatoes, tomatoes, milk, cabbages, beans and onions. The cost of the minimum healthy food basket during the month of May atypically increased by 22% in Northeastern pastoral zone (Mandera, Wajir, Isiolo) compared to May last year, mainly driven by the high maize and beans prices.

  • Ninety (90) percent of the interviewed households faced shortages of food or cash to purchase food in the month prior to the interview. Consumption related to coping strategies were used more frequently in this round than in May 2012, 2013 and 2014.

  • An alarmingly high proportion of households in Eastern- and Northeastern pastoral livelihood zones continued to use emergency livelihood strategies with long term negative impacts on households.