Even prior to the instability surrounding South Sudan, IPC analysis highlighted concerns in neighbouring countries. In Kenya’s Northern and North-Eastern Pastoral zones, deterioration in food security is evident, compared with December 2012. Food insecurity in these areas is driven by below normal harvest following poor main rains of 2013, floods and tropical storms over the last quarter of 2013, and conflict impacts.
In the last quarter of 2013, severe rainfall deficits have hit parts of Kenya, with the worst affected areas being the southeast and northeast of the country. Significant impacts on crop production and pasture resources are expected.
Food prices rose during the Independence Jubilee (+10.4% y/y in December 2013) and pushed the overall inflation upwards (+7.2% y/y in December 2013).