The number of people affected by acute food insecurity climbed from 700,000 in February 2016 to 3.4 million in July 2017. Drought was declared a national disaster in February 2017. Most of the affected people are in arid and semi-arid lands, with conditions worst in Kilifi, Lamu, Marsabit, Tana River, and Turkana counties. The drought has deteriorated livestock conditions, water supplies, reduced harvests, and has caused conflict over resources.

A cholera outbreak is affecting Mombasa, Garissa, Siaya, Tharaka Nithi, Busia, and Meru counties.

Kenya also hosts one of the largest refugee populations in the world, at around 500,000, including over 300,000 from Somalia.

INFORM measures Kenya’s risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 5.9/10. ?

Key priorities

Humanitarian access: increased inter-communal conflict and armed group attacks have hampered access.

Education: school attendance impacted by drought, food insecurity, lack of access to safe water and displacement.

Food security: food security worsened due to drought conditions since the 2016 long rains.

Information Gaps and needs

  • There is lack of information concerning humanitarian needs in Dadaab camps.
  • Little information is available on the impact of the drought on the affected population.
Key documents



Drought in Eastern and Southern Africa