The project will provide cash transfers and asset creation for 3,000 families affected by the ongoing drought in Northern Kenya. A vast majority of the communities have lost the capacity to cope with the drought in the past many losing their livestock. Food crops production was low associated with late land preparation which led to low acreage planted hence subsequent low harvests. Marsabit Long rains assessment puts the number of households in need of food intervention is 291,166.
Kenya is faced with severe drought which has been declared a national disaster by the government. This led to a flash appeal by the UN and its partners. The Kenya Food Security Steering Group confirmed the number of those affected has actually doubled from 1.3M to 2.6M. Two consecutive rainfall failures and the effects are huge with regard to widespread crop failure, acute water shortage, Food Insecurityand 80% of the livestock perished. Exhausting peoples capacity to cope making them vulnerable
HODI is currently working with 152 villages in four sub counties of Marsabit. Provision of water was crucial and HODI supported some of the villages with water tanks. The families coping capacities are low and we are also appealing to the locals in other part of the country to support the affected families. There is a dire need to upscale existing programs in the most affected areas. The need for food non food items to 291,166 Households in urgent need of cash transfers and asset creation.
HODI is a champion for building resilient communities and in the long term we are looking at increased capacities to cope/mitigate the effects of the drought. This will help reduced the vulnerability levels through interventions of kitchen gardens, large scale food productions using new technologies, rain water harvesting, enhanced food security and sustainable livelihood. Building the local communities capacity with strong structures and systems will reduce vulnerability and enhance resilience.