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Easing the impact of drought in Kenya

Nov 2017

Kenya is currently experiencing one of the worst food security crises in recent years due to a prolonged drought. Back-to-back failed rainy seasons have eroded community resilience and compromised livelihoods. The Early Warning – Early Action (EWEA) Programme was one initiative to respond to this call.

Back in September 2016, FAO and Kenya’s National Drought Management Authority had set up an Early Warning Early Action system. The system was designed to use drought early warnings to trigger early action in a way to mitigate the later impact of the disaster on communities.

In November, a range of indicators – rainfall data, vegetation indices and livestock conditions, among others – pointed to the onset of a major drought. Already by December, FAO had released USD 400 000 in funds from its newly set-up Early Action Fund under the Special Fund for Emergency and Rehabilitation Activities.

Livestock emergency feed rations were distributed to the worst hit counties. The support provided by FAO meant the animals not only survived but even thrived as the peak of the crisis hit and fodder became ever scarcer.

Author: FAO/Kenya