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Mitigating Drought Effects

Submitted by leonardodongo on 10 April 2017 - 1:41pm

Kenya is experiencing the worst drought in many years. A total of 19 out of 47 counties have been worst affected and the drought has been declared a national disaster. In the worst affected areas livestock are dying due to lack of pasture and water.

In western Kenya there are two planting seasons each year. The first season normally falls from March to July while the second one is from August to December.

But in 2016 the rains were so little in the first season that most farmers got only a half of the expected harvest. In the second season the rains reduced further and most farmers harvested virtually nothing. This situation has resulted in severe food shortage which has caused a sharp increase in the price of food available in the local markets. As a result many people cannot afford to get enough food of the right quality.

Touched by this situation, our friends in the UK, through Amani UK, made an appeal for donations to mitigate the effects of the drought in Homa - Bay county, western Kenya.The response has ben good and already enough money has ben raised to buy 4 truckloads of maize of 100 bags/truck. The first truckload has been bought and distributed in March. A total of 236 households benefited from the maize. The field staff of Upendo Foundation and the affilliated CBO's, Kirongo and Imani, worked with community groups to identify those who are most affected and needed the maize most. Further truckloads will be bought in April, May and June.

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