2.6 million pastoralists and agro-pastoralists are in need of livelihood support. Loss of livestock is leading to the use of negative coping mechanisms such as reducing food intake, skipping meals, livestock destocking, and eventual migration into informal relief camps or cities. There is a need for feed, water, and veterinary services.? The drought had led to the death of livestock in Isiolo, Mandera, Marsabit, and Laikipia. ?
The Deyr (October - December) rains locally caused floods, which have damaged and destroyed crops. In the North Rift region, an estimated 40% of crops are at risk of being damaged during the rainy season. ?
Poor pasture and inadequate water sources forced unseasonal migration in 12 counties in April. Over 60,000 cattle were being grazed without permission in private ranches in Laikipia county, with a further 5,000 in Nyeri county. A high concentration of livestock from neighbouring counties was recorded in the northern areas of Isiolo county in February. ??? In parts of Marsabit and Isiolo counties, depletion of grazing areas triggered unseasonal migration and has led to conflicts over water and pasture between herders and communities. ?
The fall armyworm, which has destroyed crops in many southern African countries, has travelled to Kenya from Uganda. Outbreaks of the pest have been reported in Baringo, Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega, Kericho, Kitui, Kwale, Makueni, Nakuru, Nandi, Taita-Taveta, Tharaka Nithi, Trans-Nzoia, Uasin Gishu, and West Pokot counties in west Kenya. Maize has been particularly affected, with 140,000 hectares of crops destroyed.? ?