Preventing severe food crisis in Kenya

Created on Friday, 05 September 2014 Published on Friday, 05 September 2014

The poor rainfall between March and May, which are usually the wettest months of the year in Kenya, has affected the production of food and livestock for many households. The situation has been made worse by the increasing food prices, driven by an increase in fuel costs and general inflation, which continues to erode the purchasing power of individuals and families.

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is now appealing for $9.25 million to help alleviate the situation in Kenya. The Red Cross’ intervention will focus on improving access to safe water, essential health and nutrition services, school feeding programmes, and support to livelihood projects, which would help maximize the opportunities for early planting in the next rainy season.