Kenya

Kenya

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Drought is a reality in Kenya, like in the rest of the Horn of Africa, and it is occurring with greater frequency. FAO Kenya is helping vulnerable farmers and pastoralists get back on their feet quickly, while also working to improve water storage, livestock health and market access so that communities are not blindsided each time the rains fail.

Building resilience to drought

In recent years, civil unrest, drought and high food, fuel and input prices have left Kenya’s vulnerable farmers and pastoralists even more at risk. Patchy rainfall means many farmers have not had a decent harvest in several seasons, while disease and starvation have taken a toll on livestock herds.

Improving rainwater harvesting and irrigation schemes, encouraging farmers to grow diverse crops more suited to the dry environment, supporting holistic approaches to natural resource management, improving storage and spearheading animal vaccination campaigns are just some of the ways FAO Kenya is helping to strengthen communities’ resilience to drought.

Tapping into technology

FAO is working with partners to gauge rainfall and pasture availability through satellite imaging and remote sensing. In Turkana, in northeast Kenya, community monitors are trained to use smart phones to send real-time information on water levels, which is immediately uploaded to a central database. Pastoralists are then informed about the availability of water and pasture in different areas. This enables them to make informed decisions on where to send their animals and to negotiate access to areas where they know there is water and pasture. It also helps reduce conflict over natural resources.

Cash-for-work

Cash-for-work does double duty: it provides cash-strapped farmers with wages to buy food and other essentials while building and rehabilitating vital infrastructure. In the drought-prone areas of eastern Kenya where farmers rely on rainfall for their crops, FAO Kenya has helped farmers terrace their fields to conserve rainwater and prevent fertile topsoil from being washed away. It has also supported the building of community dams to collect rainwater for household and crop use.

Controlling transboundary animal diseases

FAO animal health is building capacity to prevent, detect and respond to disease threats. Activities are implemented by FAO’s Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) in Kenya and 34 other countries. Many communities rely on animals for their livelihoods as well as their food security and nutrition. When diseases jump from animals to humans they can spread around the world in a matter of hours or days, posing a threat to global health security. FAO is working to reduce the impact of animal diseases on lives and livelihoods, and helping to stop emergence and spread of potential pandemics at source.

 

More about the country

 - After seeing a majority of its counties overrun by desert locust earlier in the year, by mid-year the government of Kenya through a massive control effort ...read more
11/11/2020
 - To safeguard the livelihoods and mitigate the potential deterioration of the food security and nutrition status of drought-affected pastoral and agropastoral households in vulnerable cross-border areas ...read more
25/08/2020
 - To enhance the animal health systems of the target countries for prevention, detection and response to RVF emergence, incursion and spread at regional level.
16/07/2020
 - The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has intensified its desert locust control measures in Turkana County, through the issuance of six surveillance ...read more
05/06/2020
 - Loyaa Village sits on a sandy plain at the edge of rain-starved Turkana County, in northeastern Kenya—part of the Greater Karamoja Cluster, which also includes the ...read more
15/05/2020
 - The Government of Russia has announced a contribution of $3 million (KSh 300 million) to Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to support Kenya’s ...read more
30/04/2020
 - Rapid response desert locust control operations seek to combat outbreaks and prevent widespread crop and pasture losses that threaten rural livelihoods and food security in the ...read more
22/04/2020
 - Rapid response desert locust control operations seek to combat outbreaks and prevent widespread crop and pasture losses that threaten rural livelihoods and food security in the ...read more
09/04/2020
 - Areas affected by the desert locust crisis in the Greater Horn of Africa according to the data from the latest FAO Desert Locust bulletin.
09/04/2020
 - General situation during March 2020 and forecast until mid-May 2020.
06/04/2020