During the month of August, the National Drought Management Authority(NDMA) in collaboration with the European Union flagged off vehicles as well as livestock feed that will help mitigate the ravages of drought within the arid and semi-arid parts of the country.
The state agency in flagged off 8 vehicles that will support NDMA logistics in drought coordination at its headquarters and counties that have the most pressing fleet needs. These are Baringo, Samburu, West Pokot, Lamu, and Kilifi.
Beginning August, the agency has distributed 24,600 bags of the highly nutritious drought pellets. The European Union has supported this intervention to the tune Kshs. 38 million. Priority has been given to the hardest-hit counties of Garissa (10,200 bags), Wajir (8,400 bags) and Tana River (6,000 bags). The demand for livestock feed is likely to increase due to incoming requests by other drought-affected counties.
At present, the drought situation continues to deteriorate in a number of arid and semi-arid counties due to the delayed start and poor performance of the March to May long rains. Cumulative effects of the poor performance of the just-ended long rains and the 2018 short rains have affected the condition of pasture and browse in most ASAL counties.
In February 2019, NDMA began drought response using contingency funds provided by the European Union. Between February and August, the NDMA has disbursed a total of Kshs. 218 million to Baringo, Garissa, Isiolo, Laikipia, Mandera, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River, Turkana, Wajir, and West Pokot counties to enhance animal health, maintenance of water facilities, fuel subsidies, water trucking, and peace-related activities.
NDMA is an agency of the Government of Kenya mandated to establish mechanisms which ensure that drought does not result in emergencies and that the impacts of climate change are sufficiently mitigated.
Source: National Drought Management Authority