700,000 Kenyans facing acute food shortage

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NAIROBI (Xinhua) –Up to 700,000 Kenyans are currently facing acute food insecurity and in need of humanitarian assistance, a new report showed on Saturday.

A majority of those affected are living in the pastoral north-west and pastoral north-east parts of the country, the report dubbed 2018 Long Rains Season Assessment by the Kenya Food Security Steering Group, said.

The number of affected persons is, however, significantly less than the 2.55 million identified by the Short Rains Assessment of February.

“These 700,000 people are classified in crisis phase and therefore if no assistance is provided, they are likely to engage in irreversible coping strategies, further eroding their livelihood assets,” said the report.

Of the total population in the arid and semi-arid lands, approximately 9.5 million are in the minimal/none phase of food insecurity and 3.7 million people in the stressed phase.

“Although the pastoral north-east and pastoral north-west are generally classified as stressed, there are about 700,000 people here in the crisis phase of food insecurity. After two to three poor seasons, these households have not fully recovered,” said the report.

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