The ongoing March-April-May (MAM) rainfall season occasioned a positive impact on livelihoods across most parts of Arid and Semi-Arid counties with environmental indicators depicting a recovery drought phase situation. Despite the recovery across the ASAL counties, the food security situation is yet to improve and the number of people in need of assistance remains at 4.4 million following the short rains (SRA) 2022 food security assessment while the risk of Acute malnutrition remains occasioned by a lag between recovery from drought and food available across the livelihoods.

From the range of indicators monitored, three counties (3), Wajir, Taita Taveta and Lamu remain in Alert drought phase while Seven (7) counties namely Embu, Meru, Tharaka Nithi, West Pokot, Baringo, Garissa and Narok are in Normal drought phase. Thirteen (13) counties including; Isiolo, Kajiado, Kilifi, Kitui, Kwale, Laikipia, Makueni, Mandera, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana and Nyeri are in the Recovery drought phase.

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