Kenya Humanitarian Update vol. 50, 12 Jun - 06 Jul 2009



- Resource-based conflicts on the rise as drought conditions worsen

- Malnutrition levels increase among the urban poor and drought affected areas

- Long Rains Assessment scheduled for 13-31 July

- GoK adopts National Land Policy

- Emergency Relief Funds addresses drought needs and the urban poor

- Cholera affects 33 districts

- H1N1 outbreak affects three areas in Kenya's GoK steps up screening measures

- Inter-Agency Team visits Turkana and Karamoja to investigate effects of climate change on pastoral communities

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General Overview

There is increasing concern on the worsening drought situation in Kenya which is leading more and more resource-based conflicts, keeping food price high, and rising malnutrition levels, among other effects. As the Long Rains season (March-June) came to an end after a poor performance, the food security prospects for the upcoming months are dismal. The effects of the poor rains are specially being felt in the south-eastern and coastal marginal agricultural areas and significant parts of the pastoral livelihood zone in the north and east parts of Kenya. There has been an upsurge in violent attacks arising from a proliferation of resource based conflicts in pastoral areas. Inter-Clan conflicts have been reported at least across 10 districts (Baringo, Kuria, Isiolo, Laikipia, West Pokot, Samburu, Narok, Marsabit, Maringo and Marakwet). These areas are also amongst the districts worst affected by poor rains and hence face limited resources for livestock.