Overall, the food security situation in the country has continued to deteriorate.  Currently, the number of people in Crisis (IPC Phase 3) or worse stands at 2.6 million people an increase from the estimated 1.6 million people that was established in May 2019 during the mid-season assessment. This was a further increase from 1.1 million people that had been identified in February 2019 after the short rains assessment. From this trend, this number is estimated to rise to above 3 million people in the next three months by October 2019. However, a third failed rain season (Short Rains Season in October) would exacerbate the food insecurity situation further.

Currently, while almost all the ASAL counties have populations in either Crisis or Emergency, majority of these populations are in Turkana, Mandera, Baringo Wajir, Garissa, Marsabit and Tana River in the predominant pastoral livelihoods and Kitui, Makueni, Kilifi, Meru North in the marginal agricultural and agro-pastoral livelihoods.

The government has set up a Drought Command Centre and developed a comprehensive drought response plan covering the whole country as state agencies continue to monitor how the October-December rainfall season will perform.

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