The food security and nutrition situation in Kenya has deteriorated significantly since March 2017, due to late onset and below-average March-May long rains, high staple food prices and the Fall Army Worm infestation.
An estimated 3.4 million people are food insecure, including 2.6 million who are severely food insecure (Crisis IPC Phase 3 and above) and a further 800,000 people under stress (IPC Phase 2). The population in need of humanitarian food assistance is the highest since the major drought of 2011. Almost 421,000 children require treatment for acute malnutrition. Nutrition SMART surveys conducted in June and July 2017 indicated that global acute malnutrition (GAM) rates were above the emergency threshold of 15 per cent in eight counties.
In 2017, the cholera outbreak has affected 18 counties, with a total of 3,059 cases including 56 deaths (Case Fatality Rate 1.8%) reported as of 3 October. Three counties continue to report active outbreaks; Kajiado, Machakos and Nairobi.
The Fall Army Worm infestation has impacted on cereal production, with a total of 250,00 hectares of crops affected in 27 out of 47 counties.
In the coming period, several parts of the country are likely to experience near-average rainfall, except parts of Northeastern and Southeastern Kenya, according to the October 2017 forecast.
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