NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Despite receiving more than normal
rainfall in the March to May season, which boosted food
production, some parts of Kenya are still facing food crisis.
Up to 700,000 Kenyans are currently facing acute food insecurity
and in need of humanitarian assistance, a new report showed on
A majority of those affected are living in the pastoral
north-west and pastoral north-east parts of the country, the
report dubbed 2018 Long Rains Season Assessment by the Kenya
Food Security Steering Group, said.
The number of affected persons is, however, significantly
less than the 2.55 million identified by the Short Rains
Assessment of February.
"These 700,000 people are classified in crisis phase and
therefore if no assistance is provided, they are likely to
engage in irreversible coping strategies, further eroding their
livelihood assets," said the report.
Of the total population in the arid and semi-arid lands,
approximately 9.5 million are in the minimal/none phase of food
insecurity and 3.7 million people in the stressed phase.
"Although the pastoral north-east and pastoral north-west are
generally classified as stressed, there are about 700,000 people
here in the crisis phase of food insecurity.
"After two to three poor seasons, these households have not
fully recovered," said the report.
Most of the affected people lost productive assets during
last year’s drought and face considerable food gaps.
"They will need food and non-food transfers to continue
supporting their recovery as the situation stabilizes," noted