27 September 2017, Barsaloi, Kenya - FAO's Livestock, animal health and production sector head Piers Simpkin and a Red Cross Kenya officer interview a member of Samburu pastoral community during the destocking 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 Barsolai, 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.