Building of water pans in Turkana.  Part of the WFP Food for Assets programme to build resilience and improve food security (Copyright:WFP/Rose Ogola)

Reduced Rains Affect Food Security In Kenya

Below average rains, increased food prices and conflicts, have contributed to a 15 percent increase in the number of people requiring food assistance.  A Long Rains food security assessment recently released by the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) estimates that 1.5 million people are acutely food insecure and will require immediate food assistance over the next six months (September 2014 – February 2015). This is almost double the 850,000 that were in need during the same period last year.

Overview

Kenya largely depends on rain-fed agriculture for its food requirements, relying on the two main rain seasons namely the March–May long rains and October–December short rains. About 80 percent of the land is arid or semi-arid.