2.6 million in need.
Persistent drought continues to drive humanitarian needs in Kenya. In 2017, all 23 arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) counties were affected by a severe drought. Some 2.6 million people were estimated to be facing severe food insecurity of whom 500,000 were already in Emergency (IPC Phase 4) at the end of the year. Malnutrition rates propelled to double the emergency threshold (30 per cent Global Acute Malnutrition) in some counties and 370,000 children required treatment for acute malnutrition in the drought-affected ASAL areas as of the end of 2017.