publication • Friday, November 16th 2018
Kenya - October 2018 Situation Report
- Food security outlook: The October-December short rains have started in western, southern and coastal agricultural areas. This is a major boost for farmers who rely on short crops season. It is expected that the households’ food stocks will increase and prices of staple food will go down as farmers begin to reap from their harvests. But, poor households in parts of Makueni, Lamu, and Mbeere that had below-average production will be food insecure until the short-cycle harvests begin in January.
- Nutrition status: An estimated 1 million children below(ASAL) areas, require treatment for acute malnutrition. The prevalence of Global Acute Malnutrition (GAM) remains Critical (at 15-29.9%) in Turkana, Samburu, Mandera, Baringo, and Marsabit counties.
- Refugees and asylum seekers: There are an estimated 489,239 (half of them children) in Kenya, a majority from Somalia and South Sudan. In 2018, there were an estimated 20,000 new arrivals from South Sudan. On the other hand, it is estimated that 74,451 refugees in Dadaab refugee camp have been repatriated to Somalia since 2015.
- Potential of floods: Parts of western, coastal parts and the northern Kenya such as Turkana county are likely to experience flooding due to weak El Nino conditions during the October-December short rains season.
- Disease outbreak during the rains: Humanitarian partners have been urged to prepare accordingly for the likelihood of disease outbreak such as malaria, cholera and dengue fever during the short rains season.
Fore more information, read or download our October 2018 situation report.