World Vision Kenya: Hunger Response Situation Report No. 4 (4 May 2017)
• Kenya is currently experiencing delayed onset of long rains as well as inadequate rainfall where it has rained. Dry conditions across the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs), are negatively impacting livestock productivity, and delaying land preparations and planting, further affecting the food security situation.
• Immediate action and assistance is needed to respond to 2.7 million people including 700,000 children under five years, who are facing starvation and possible famine due to lack of food and water in Kenya.
The Government of Kenya estimates that the current number of people requiring humanitarian assistance will rise from the current estimate of 3 million to 4 million by July, 2017.
• A government-led cash transfer initiative to alleviate the impact of the drought on vulnerable communities is being implemented through partners like WFP, World Vision and other key humanitarian players.
• To ensure children and their families are protected from a looming catastrophe, World Vision Kenya is responding to the health, nutrition, child protection, peace building, livelihoods, education and water needs of those affected by the drought, giving the highest to children.
• World Vision Kenya is already reaching 205,619 people affected by drought through normal programming supported by donors with 9 million US dollars: the program is seeking an additional 16.6 million US dollars to provide and scale up life-saving humanitarian assistance to 252,000 people facing starvation in 15 counties in Kenya for the next 12 months.