WFP Kenya Drought Situation Report #2, March 2017



The Government of Kenya declared drought a national disaster on 10 February 2017. The current drought may be even more serious than the 2010/2011 drought: food security and nutrition levels in the arid and semi-arid areas are deteriorating.

Almost 344,000 children are suffering from acute malnutrition in Kenya’s 23 arid and semi-arid counties. Of these, 268,000 require treatment for moderate acute malnutrition, the remainder for severe acute malnutrition.1 The Government of Kenya and WFP will scale up the treatment of children with moderate acute malnutrition from March. An anticipated 37,000 malnourished pregnant and breast-feeding mothers will also require treatment in the same 23 counties. The Government has allocated US$7.4 million for this; a shortfall of US$5.4 million remains. Without this treatment, acute malnutrition will continue to rise.

To prevent further increases in malnutrition, the very critical situation in the very critical situation in the five arid counties of Mandera, Baringo, Isiolo, Turkana and Marsabit, where acute malnutrition in children is above 20 percent, requires much wider intervention. As per the protocol for managing acute malnutrition, in consultation with the Ministry of Health, WFP will provide specialized, ready-to-use supplementary food to all children from six to 59 months from May to October. This will cover 450,000 children and 100,000 mothers. To do this, WFP urgently requires US$29.9 million.

The six-month shortfall for prevention and treatment of acute malnutrition is therefore US$28.3 million (US$5.4 million for treatment and US$22.9 million for prevention from March to August).

WFP is committed to providing relief assistance to tar- geted households already enrolled in asset creation projects in the arid and semi-arid counties. This activity faces a six-month shortfall of US$24 million.

The WFP school meals programme faces a funding shortfall of US$3.3 million from March to October.