Hunger stalks four million Kenyans as drought set to worsen

DESIGN | ALICE OTHIENO

What you need to know:

  • Timely action by the government and partner organisations may have saved thousands of children from retarding,
  • In Mandera, nearly one third of the county’s population is malnourished. The malnutrition rates have risen above the emergency threshold of 15 per cent in many parts of the country.
  • In marginal agricultural areas, which include the south east and coastal parts of Kenya, households will likely remain stressed (IPC Phase 2) until July 2017

Up to four million Kenyans could be in need of food aid in the coming few weeks, and the situation could get even worse if the long rains fail, reports by relief organisations show.

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