World Vision is working as the lead agency in four districts, and is also partnering with AMREF in Makueni, and with the Neighbourhood Initiative Alliance in Kajiado.
With the end of the second phase of emergency operations scheduled for August, the results of a food security assessment will determine the way forward. There are already indications that some areas will require more relief support, while others will need recovery projects.
Below are updates on the situation in the areas where World Vision is working:
In the district of Kilifi, a poor short rains season has exhausted the food reserves of around 40% of the population. In marginal areas, many families are subsisting on just one meal per day.
People are selling assets at very low prices to buy food, while animals are walking long distances in search of water and pasture.
Elephants are posing a threat to crops in Taveta, Mwatate and Tausa, in the lower parts of Wundanyi division. The food situation in the district is yet to improve and most people are now totally dependant on relief food.
According to the District Food Security Committee, the long rains are below average, and general crop failures are anticipated.
World Vision in partnership with NIA (Neighborhood Initiative Alliance), a local NGO in the district, has begun its first cycle of food distributions in Kajiado district.
The weather has continued to deteriorate, and the condition of animals is getting worse. People have been forced to migrate to the highlands in search of pasture for their livestock, which is their only source of livelihood.
Light showers marked the end of the long rains season, which began in early may. Most areas are now green, except for parts of Lokichar, Lokori and Kalokol divisions which received little rain.
Agricultural and livestock activities have improved, with some small scale farming witnessed along the Turkwell and Kerio rivers. Harvests are expected in parts of Lokori, Kainuk and Turkwell if the rains continue, helping improve the food security situation.
In spite of the recent showers, milk production in most households is still low.
Food distributions occurred in Baringo over the last two weeks of June. The security situation in conflict-prone areas has improved with a Government effort to collect illegal arms. Food needs continue to be felt in the district since not all areas are covered by the current EMOP.
There is a complete crop failure in the district, and the conditions of livestock are deteriorating, forcing people to sell the animals off.
Startup activities for the Kilifi Food Security are ongoing. A two-day brainstorming workshop was held in June with key stakeholders. The first group of farmers to be trained in organic farming was identified during a visit to the Farmer Field Schools. Initial indications are that farmers are very enthusiastic and ready to collaborate and support the project.
The Turkana Water and Sanitation project, which started in June, is progressing well, with community sensitization held in most of the beneficiary communities. In some of them, people have already begun collecting sand and stones in readiness for construction of various water facilities.
Report from Margaret Irungu-Gichobe, WV Kenya Communications.
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