• Crisis Severity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Impact ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Humanitarian Conditions ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Complexity ?
    0 Very low
    Very high 5
  • Access Constraints ?
    No constraints
    Extreme constraints

Key figures

  • 51,393,000 Total population [?]
  • 11,193,000 People affected [?]
  • 1,480,000 People in Need [?]



Kenya hosts one of the largest refugee populations in Africa with over 495,000, including more than 265,000 from Somalia.?

Continuing dry conditions across the country have resulted in the deterioration of livestock and crop productivity, inflated food prices, and the reduction of water availability. These factors have led to increased food insecurity, with the number of food insecure people rising by approximately 60% across the country since mid-May 2019.?

In 2020, food insecurity will continue to worsen due to locust outbreaks, flooding and livestock disease with an estimated 1.3 million people currently in crisis (IPC 3) phase or higher. Desert locust swarms have been identified across the country, particularly in the North-East of the country which was already affected by a stressed (IPC 2) level of food insecurity. Heightened competition for land and other resources has also led to intercommunal tensions. As pastoralists increasingly are forced to search for pastureland and water there is a higher risk they will come into conflict with farmers and landowners, with instances of sporadic violence.?

Furthermore, insecurity is particularly present in counties bordering Somalia with Al Shabaab conducting sporadic attacks against civilians and state security forces.

INFORM measures Kenya's risk of humanitarian crisis and disaster to be high, at 6.0/10.?



Latest Developments


No significant recent humanitarian developments. This crisis is being monitored by our analysis team. 

ACAPS' team is daily monitoring the impact of COVID-19. Find more information related to the outbreak here.

Humanitarian Access



Kenya has high access constraints as a result of May 2020 flooding, which affected 36 out of 47 counties in the country. Roads, bridges, health facilities and schools have all been damaged with landslides worsening the damage originally caused by the heavy rains. More generally, Kenya’s southeastern, southern and northern regions remain remote and isolated limiting accessibility by roads and through communication.?

Read more in the latest ACAPS Humanitarian Access Overview.

Desert Locust Outbreak


The Horn of Africa is suffering from the worst desert locust infestation in decades. Since July 2019, eight countries have been most affected: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda and Tanzania. As of February 2020, an estimated 140,000 hectares of crops have been infested in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, and the situation continues to worsen.?

Widespread rainfall in late March allowed new swarms to mature and lay eggs and a second wave of locusts is expected in June and July, coinciding with the start of harvest season. Projections put this second wave up to 20 times larger than previous bands. In Kenya, experts are warning that 100% of summer crops could be destroyed, and large swarms continue to move from Uganda into South Sudan. In Somalia, the infestation is the worst in 25 years as locust continue to breed in the northeast. In Ethiopia, the locust infestation has led to the loss of majorly consumed cereal, including sorghum and maize, reduced pastureland for cattle, and increased animal deaths due to unavailable fodder.?

The ability of desert locusts to form large swarms and consume vast quantities of crops pose severe risks to food security and livelihoods in the affected countries, where more than 20.2 million people already face IPC Phase 3 (Crisis) or higher levels of food insecurity.?

Impact of COVID-19


The Kenyan government has extended containment measures to Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps, which collectively host 400,000 people, banning all entry and exit to the camps and the surrounding host community. This is an extension of the lockdown that has so far been placed on localized areas, including the Nairobi metropolitan area, Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, and Mandera, counties.

Vital humanitarian supplies, including medicine and food, will be allowed to enter and exit the area. All other humanitarian movement will be allowed on a case by case basis. 

The addition of the refugee camps and host communities in the lockdown comes after NGOs and UN Agencies expressed concern about an outbreak in the camps and the lack of infrastructure to handle a high caseload. Dadaab, has only one COVID-19 facility which includes 110 beds.?

The ACAPS team is monitoring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information related to the outbreak, see the ACAPS COVID-19 Project.