The Authority coordinates the preparation of contingency action plans and the implementation of drought mitigation and relief activities.
In this edition, the Government unveils new drought mitigation measures as the National Treasury approves a further Ksh7.4 billion while the European Union allocates a further Ksh2.5 billion to respond to the drought. Part of the EU funding is channeled towards cash transfers to be managed by the Hunger Safety Nets Programme (HSNP) as the United Nations calls on the international community to act fast to avert a humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa.
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The Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) in the 23 ASAL counties, as at 27th of March 2017, confirm a significant vegetation deficit for the period in almost all ASAL counties. It should be noted that although some localised rains have been received in some of the counties, the impact on the VCI has not been felt yet because of a lag time until the vegetation reacts to the improved moisture.
Click this link Vegetation Condition Index as at March 27, 2017 for county specific VCIs.
The Government has declared the current drought affecting 23 arid and semi-arid counties and pockets of other areas a national disaster. Speaking after being briefed on the situation on the ground by Cabinet Secretaries involved in drought management and food security at state House Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta called on all stakeholders to support the Government by upscaling drought mitigation programmes. The President also called on the local and international partners to come in and support the Government’s efforts to contain the situation which has not only affected human being and livestock but also the wild animals.Read More