Over 3 million people in Kenya face starvation after three consecutive failed rains left almost half of the country’s counties in need of food assistance. Most of the affected populations live in pastoralist lands where livestock is the main source of livelihood. Since the beginning of the year, many families have lost all or almost all of their livestock.
In February 2017, the Kenyan government declared the drought a "national disaster" and appealed for international help to deal with the crisis. In an emergency response to the crisis, the European Commission allocated €29 million in funding to humanitarian partners, providing cash assistance for food and providing critical nutrition supplies for infants and lactating women.
With part of this funding, the Kenya Red Cross rolled out a cash transfer programme to the most vulnerable people in the arid north, giving out €30 per month to needy families.
In recent years, the European Commission in Kenya, while strengthening coordination between humanitarian and development departments, has supported partners to help communities and authorities prepare for and respond to disasters.
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