The report published by food security experts from the Famine Early Warning Systems (FEWS Net), an agency which provides early warning and analysis on food insecurity, says the El Nino-related rains which pounded several parts of Kenya are expected to boost food security in Kenya by helping a significant recovery of drought-affected crops in parts of the East Africa nation.


“Most households in western areas and Rift Valley are maintaining minimal acute food insecurity following the October to January long rains harvest, which has increased market supplies and household food stocks and helped stabilize market prices,” it said.

FEWS NET said the above-average short rains, driven in part by El Nino is expected to improve harvest by about 10 percent above the five-year average.

“In pastoral areas, above-average short rains, driven in part by the ongoing El Niño, led to the seasonal recovery of rangeland resources, increasing livestock productivity,” FEWS Net said.

The start of the rains varied in different parts of the country. The rains started earlier than normal in the pastoral areas of northern Kenyan counties and in the marginal agricultural areas of eastern region.

The report came as harvesting of long rains crops is currently underway in many areas of the northern Rift Valley, the country’s grain basket region which has a potential to feed Kenya.

With pasture available near homesteads, few livestock have migrated and households have access to milk, improving food security.

“No significant deterioration in food security is expected during the January to March dry season,” FEWS Net said.

According to the report, in the southeastern and coastal marginal agricultural areas, the above-average short rains is likely to result in an average to above-average February/March harvest, further supporting household food security. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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