Kenya Food Security Update, June 2009


- Substantial crop failure in the southeastern and coastal marginal cropping lowlands is expected to lead to deepening food insecurity.

- Most parts of the eastern and northern pastoral districts have experienced yet another poor season, with localized exceptions, and food security is likely to accentuate through October.

- Heavy rains during May have improved prospects for a fair crop in several areas of the country's grain basket, outside parts of the south Rift. However, a late onset suggests that continued good rains into September are required to sustain projections.

- The food pipeline remains under-resourced at this point, as do non-food interventions, all intended to alleviate and mitigate growing food insecurity.

- Food prices, particularly for maize, have remained much above normal levels, in spite of growing imports from Uganda and Tanzania.