The government has declared a national disaster the drought that has affected 23 arid and semi-arid counties and pockets of other areas.
President Uhuru Kenyatta asked all local and international stakeholders to support the government by up-scaling drought mitigation programmes.
“Support from our partners would complement efforts in mitigating the effects of drought,” Uhuru said at State House in Nairobi.
He spoke on Friday after being briefed on situations on the ground by Cabinet Secretaries involved in drought management and food security.
The President noted that the drought has affected human beings, livestock and wildlife.
Deterioration of food security expected to continue even after onset of the short rains. (FEWS NET, 03 Oct 2016).
Food insecurity has more than doubled – from 600,000 (Aug 2015 – March 2016) to 1.25 million people (August 2016 – Feb 2017) (OCHA, 26 Oct 2016. Pg 27). The drought and food security situation in the most affected counties ranges from moderate to severe. (Govt. 27 Oct 2016)
The population of the country of Kenya, which covers an area of about 225,000 square miles, is 44.35 million.