Published on 21 August 2009

A recent long rains assessment revealed that the season has generally failed in arid and semi-arid land leading to an increase in the number of people in need of food assistance.  It is indicated that currently an estimated 3.8 million people in these areas are facing acute food shortages and are in need of external support to prevent them from falling into a catastrophic humanitarian disaster. Assistance will be provided through general food distributions and food for assets. An additional number of children and/or women will be assisted through nutrition interventions as well as emergency school meals.

Besides the expected dramatic increase in beneficiary numbers from September, the assessment has recommended an increase in ration sizes by 25 percent, from 50 to 75 percent of 2,100 kcal per person per day in semi-arid districts, and from 75 to 100 percent in arid districts through the general food distributions/food for assets