28 September 2017, Wamba, Samburu East, Kenya - Daniel Macharia, County Deputy Director of Veterinary Services and a Animal Health Assistant vaccinate a goat during the PPR vaccination and Mass treatment programme that FAO and Red Cross Kenya are developing in Samburu County as part of the Central Emergency Response to Drought in a remote area near Wamba, Samburu County.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) began providing assistance through a destocking programme, aimed at assisting the most vulnerable communities in several counties of Kenya. Ongoing drought has triggered a humanitarian crisis, with food insecurity skyrocketing in northern and coastal areas of Kenya. An estimated 2.5 million people are in urgent need of assistance. The drought has hit livestock-owning communities hardest, with rangelands scorched and water sources dried out, leading to major drops in milk production and even livestock deaths.