Kenya Drought Emergency Response

Kenya Drought Emergency Response


Community members assemble tools in a cash-for-work program as part of drought response.

Severe drought in Kenya was declared a national emergency in February 2017. It has impacted 2.7 million men, women and children, leading to 70 percent crop failure rate and five percent livestock mortality rate in Kenya’s hardest-hit regions.

CWS has responded by mobilizing emergency food assistance in Turkana and West Pokot counties, offering maize, beans and cooking oil to more than 1,000 households facing drought-induced hunger. Cash-for-work projects in Baringo and Tana River counties created opportunities for another 500 families that had lost their livestock to earn cash income and access emergency food and other essentials via local markets, while also rehabilitating community water points for future dry seasons.

In Baringo county, CWS and local partner Farming Systems Kenya also worked alongside the county government to deliver emergency water to rural communities hit by the drought. The county provided its water busker (mobile water tank), and CWS covered fuel and driver allowances. Safe water was trucked more than 20 miles to reach communities in need.