On February 10, the Government of Kenya declared drought affecting 23 of 47 counties a national disaster. An estimated 2.7 million people are at risk of hunger. More than 350,000 children and pregnant and lactating mothers are acutely malnourished according to OCHA.
A devastating El Nino weather pattern resulted in below average rain season affected agriculture and livestock production, reducing supply and in turn increasing prices.
An estimated 2 million school children are affected by the drought.