Kenya

Presence Country
February 2015
2015-Q1-2-1-KE-en
Key Messages
  • Following the below-average October to December short rains, the number of food insecure people has been increasing. According to the 2015 short rains assessment conducted by the Kenya Food Security Steering Group (KFSSG), the food insecure population has increased to 1.6 million people, seven percent more than were assessed to be food insecure in August.

  • Short rains crops did not develop well in the southeastern, marginal, agricultural areas. As such, short rains maize production is expected to be up to 70 percent below average. The majority of households in these areas are currently Stressed (IPC Phase 2) and expected to remain so.

  • Hotter-than-normal conditions from January through March are likely to lead to a more severe than normal deterioration of rangeland conditions during the short lean season. Livestock productivity is continuing to decline. Low household incomes and low availability of livestock products are limiting food consumption. The majority of households in pastoral areas remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2), but localized areas that had an even drier short rains and have even fewer productive livestock in parts of Isiolo, Wajir, Garissa, Turkana, and Marsabit are in Crisis (IPC Phase 3).

Food Security Profiles

This Food Security Brief is a starting point for anyone seeking a deep understanding of the range of factors influencing food security in Kenya. It draws on decades of FEWS NET data and information on livelihoods, household vulnerability, nutrition, trade, and agro-climatology, as well as an array of other sources. It provides an overview of the food security context, the main determinants of chronic and acute food insecurity, and areas at most risk of food insecurity.

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Livelihoods

Livelihoods Zone Narrative

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