CERF gives $2 million to support drought-affected people in Kenya
7 May 2012: Humanitarian partners anticipate that the March├óÔé¼┬ÉMay 2012 rainy season in the eastern Horn of Africa will be poor. Rainfall in Kenya is expected to begin late, be poorly geographically distributed and will have a significant impact on crop production, pasture regeneration, and the replenishment of water resources.
Poor agricultural performance will likely negatively affect food security in a region still recovering from drought, according to UN reports. An increase in the number of food insecure people is likely, requiring rapid and well-timed responses to protect the livelihoods of households in affected areas. According to surveys, some 2.2 million people are currently food insecure.
The overall nutritional status of children under age 5 is currently worse than the five-year average. The number of acutely malnourished children registered in programmes supported by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is higher than previous years. Partners working in the nutrition sector estimate that some 331,000 children below age 5 and 30,478 pregnant and breastfeeding women are currently affected by acute malnutrition.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) provided US$2 million to two UN agencies in Kenya to provide aid to drought-affected people.