The food insecure population (IPC Phase 2 – Stress) in Kenya declined from about 1.1 million people in February 2013, to about 850,000 people in August, according to the Long Rains Assessment. Although production of sorghum, cowpeas and green grams (mung beans) has been above average in the south eastern and coastal lowlands, national maize output is expected to be 16% below the five year average.
The Greater Horn of Africa Outlook Forum forecast suggests that below average rainfall is likely from October through December, which might affect crops and livestock in parts of Kenya.
The significant year-on-year increase of the CPI (i.e., +8.3% in September) was a result of the VAT Act, which influenced also food prices, e.g. substantial rises were reported for milk (+28%). Compared to the 5-year average, price of milk in Kenya went up by 63%.
Gasoline and diesel prices in Kenya have increased slightly by 1.4% and 1.1% respectively in September compared to the previous month.