courtesy the East African.co.ke
For a long time drought, has been a severe problem in the country. With early warnings sings issued to the arid and semi-arid areas, not to mention a prediction made that may worsen the drought situation in the country up to November. Some counties have already begun experiencing food shortages, with Wajir, Marsabit and Mandera being the worst hit following poor performance of the March-April-May 2021 rains season.
Most of the families living in this arid region of northern Kenya are nomadic pastoralists. The burden is great, especially in light of the area’s prolonged drought. When the seasonal rains failed in late 2020, a severe drought overtook the arid and semi-arid regions of Kenya. This is not the first time the area has been hit by drought, But this time, the emergency is compounded by two others: the worst swarm of desert locusts the region has seen in half a century, and the COVID-19 crisis.
Anonymous support from several counties targeting Marsabit Garissa, Mandera, Wajir, Isiolo, Turkana, West Pokot, Kitui and Baringo with food distribution and services. Although this is not a long-term solution, it helps ease the situation even as the country seeks a more permanent solution.
With the onset of drought on top of the existing crises in Kenya. Early action responses, including cash transfers, complementing interventions by communities and counties have been employed. In an effort to scale up early action interventions, there have been calls for locally led responses that are timely, and that sustains and reinforces existing community efforts.