27 September 2017, Barsaloi, Kenya - FAO's Livestock, animal health and production sector head Piers Simpkin addresses some members 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.