A severe drought in the Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL) of Kenya has more than doubled the food-insecure population over a 6-month period. An estimated 5.6 million people are now in need of humanitarian assistance,up from 1.3 million in August 2016. This includes 300,000 people in non-ASAL counties affected by crop failures and yield decline. The most vulnerable include children under 5, mothers, the elderly and the sick.
The government of Kenya is committed to continue investing in social protection, and there has been a progressive increase in the annual social protection budget allocation. Over the last four years, funding for the National Safety Net Programme (NSNP) increased by around 162%, or about US$205m, annually.