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Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate

The food situation has been worsening in the Arid and Semi-Arid counties since the last quarter of 2020 as a result of poor short rains and La Nina conditions. In September 2021, the number of people affected by the ongoing drought in Kenya’s Northern Arid and Semi-Arid counties was 2.1 million. In January of 2022, the number was projected to increase to 3 million by end of March. More alarming, however, are report indications from climate experts that in most of the 23 counties affected, the March-April-May (MAM) 2022 rains will equally be inadequate and may not significantly ease the crisis.  

As a society, we are concerned that the persistence of the drought and have taken the initiative to work with partners, County and the National government agencies to intervene and support those affected.

Some of the interventions that Kenya Red Cross has been undertaking include;  

  • Distribution of food to communities affected  
  • Targeted cash assistance 
  • Continuous food security surveillance and monitoring 
  • Assessment and rehabilitation of critical water facilities 
  • Integrated health and hygiene promotion activities 
  • Animal offtake programmes

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