Half a million more Kenyans to face food insecurity in 2018

The number of food insecure persons in Kenya could increase to 3.9 million this year, up from 3.4 million last year.

A humanitarian outlook by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the country also projects an increase in the number of children aged below 18 at risk of severe food insecurity to 1.8 million compared to 1.1 million in March and 1.6 million in August 2017.

“An estimated 482,882 children require treatment for acute malnutrition, including 104,614 who are suffering from Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM). Eighty-eight per cent of these children are from 23 Arid and Semi-Arid Land (ASAL) counties,” the humanitarian brief indicates.

“Drought conditions have led to declines in school attendance and school participation and rising dropout rates,” the agency warns.