Drought in Kenya

According to Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Executive Secretary Workneh Gebeyehu, not less than 3.5 Kenyans are going through hunger on account of the extreme drought within the Horn of Africa. The first month of the March to May 2022 season was significantly dry, in line with the IGAD’s Climate Prediction and Applications Centre (ICPAC).

“The rains in March, April, and May are critical for the region, and unfortunately, we are looking at not just three, but potentially four consecutive failed seasons,” Gebeyehu mentioned in a press convention on Monday.

“This, combined with other stress factors such as conflicts in both our region and Europe, pandemic’s impact, and macroeconomic challenges, has resulted in acute levels of food insecurity across the Greater Horn of Africa,” he added.

According to the Food Security and Nutrition Working Group, which is co-chaired by IGAD and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), over 29 million folks within the IGAD area are meals insecure.

“As a result of the drought, 15.5 to 16 million of our sisters and brothers are in need of immediate food assistance.” Ethiopia has 6 to six.5 million folks, Kenya has 3.5 million, and Somalia has 6 million.

The scenario in Somalia’s southern-central area is dire, with 81,000 folks going through famine, in line with Gebeyehu.

“The severe shortages in water and pasture are leading to smaller food production, significant losses in livestock and wildlife, and a rise in the resource-based conflict in the region,” mentioned ICPAC Director Guleid Artan, who additionally spoke.

He expressed concern that the scenario may deteriorate within the months forward. “Climate shocks keep resurfacing. To build long-term resilience across the region, we must invest in adaptation,” she acknowledged.

Casazza reiterated UNDP’s name for international locations within the Global North to “honour their commitment to climate finance: $100 billion to assist developing countries in adapting to the climate emergency.”

To handle Kenya’s drought scenario, the federal government has introduced that near 108,000 poor and susceptible households in drought-prone areas will proceed to obtain common money transfers each two months. As a part of the measures to fight extreme drought amongst poor and susceptible households, the federal government has promised to proceed disbursing funds to 4 arid counties.



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