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Boosting food security and livelihoods in Kenya

Report
Islamic Relief

Almost 18,000 vulnerable people are benefitting from an Islamic Relief project to tackle poverty in Kenya’s North Eastern Province.

The latest intervention by Islamic Relief in the area – where many rely on small-scale or subsistence farming – aims to improve livelihoods for the most vulnerable families.

Working along the rivers Daua and Tana, we are addressing the root causes of poverty by boosting self-sufficiency in food production and income generation. The project includes work to improve irrigation and other support for farming families.

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Kenya + 8 others
High food prices: Region pays for poor farming methods

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EastAfrican

IN SUMMARY

  • Although most farmers in East Africa are ready to make efforts to boost production, the institutional set-up, governance as well as management of land and other resources create conditions that inherently make farming an inefficient enterprise.

  • To a large extent, agriculture is in the hands of small-scale farmers who use rudimentary tools of production and methods passed down across generations, resulting in low crop yields, despite their high commercial and export potential.

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Red Cross to Kenyatta: send troops to quell clan clashes

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IRIN

NAIROBI, 1 September 2014 (IRIN) - Frustrated by a resurgence of intercommunal conflict, Kenya's top humanitarian official has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to make good on a threat to deploy the army in perennially restive areas in the country's northeast.

"The head of state is fully aware of this situation," Abbas Gullet, secretary-general of the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), told IRIN in the wake of renewed clashes between the Garre and Degodia communities in Mandera County.

IRIN:

A selection of IRIN reports are posted on ReliefWeb. Find more IRIN news and analysis at http://www.irinnews.org

Une sélection d'articles d'IRIN sont publiés sur ReliefWeb. Trouvez d'autres articles et analyses d'IRIN sur http://www.irinnews.org

This article does not necessarily reflect the views of the United Nations or its agencies. Refer to the IRIN copyright page for conditions of use.

Cet article ne reflète pas nécessairement les vues des Nations Unies. Voir IRIN droits d'auteur pour les conditions d'utilisation.

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Kenya: Mall Attack (MDRKE027) - Preliminary Final Report

Period covered by this update: 22 October 2013 to 30 June 2014

Appeal amount: CHF 3,581,308

Appeal coverage: 1%

Appeal history:

  • This Emergency Appeal was launched on 22 October 2013 for CHF 3,581,308 to support the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) to assist up to 25,000 people affected by the Westgate hostage crisis in Nairobi, for 12 months.

  • Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 204,841 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the National Society to respond.

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World + 32 others
Price Watch August 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, staple food markets were well-supplied in July, despite the slight delay in the start of the rainy season in some areas of the Sahel. Markets are generally functioning as they normally do during the lean season. Staple food prices were stable or declining, except in deficit areas of Niger and Chad. Record-high rice and wheat imports from international markets reinforced food availability in Senegal and Mauritania (Pages 3-6).

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World + 4 others
Contre les jihadistes, les pays africains appelés à partager ressources et informations

08/31/2014 07:34 GMT - KENYA-SÉCURITÉ-AFRIQUE-DIPLOMATIE-ARMÉE-TERRORISME - Monde (EUA) - AFP

Par Peter MARTELL

NAIROBI, 31 août 2014 (AFP) - Contre les groupes jihadistes qui, de l'ouest à l'est de l'Afrique, prospèrent sur la pauvreté et la corruption, les Etats ont un besoin vital de partager ressources et informations, estiment des experts.

Agence France-Presse:

©AFP: The information provided in this product is for personal use only. None of it may be reproduced in any form whatsoever without the express permission of Agence France-Presse.

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Kenya Price Bulletin August 2014

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The Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) monitors trends in staple food prices in countries vulnerable to food insecurity. For each FEWS NET country and region, the Price Bulletin provides a set of charts showing monthly prices in the current marketing year in selected urban centers and allowing users to compare current trends with both five-year average prices, indicative of seasonal trends, and prices in the previous year.

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Reduced Rains Affect Food Security In Kenya

By Amanda Lawrence-Brown — 29 August 2014

Below average rains, increased food prices and conflicts, have contributed to a 15 percent increase in the number of people requiring food assistance. A Long Rains food security assessment recently released by the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) estimates that 1.5 million people are acutely food insecure and will require immediate food assistance over the next six months (September 2014 – February 2015). This is almost double the 850,000 that were in need during the same period last year.

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Kenyan governors, partners commit to reduce high rate of maternal death

UNITED NATIONS, New York – Key governors committed to take action to reduce Kenya’s high maternal death rate at a UNFPA-organized meeting held this week in Nairobi.

The event brought together over 200 officials to address Kenya’s persistently high rate of maternal mortality, which is among the highest in the world.

Estimates range from 360 deaths per 100,000 births, according to the 2013 State of the World Population report , to a staggering 488 deaths, according figures from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics and the firm ICF Macro.

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One School Can Make a Difference

In Kenya, Food for the Hungry (FH) worked to help build a school. While education helps a child’s future, it does so much for them today as well.

The Lakartinya School is making a huge impact in children’s lives. Here are some ways children are being supported.

Giving Girls a Chance

Many times, boys are favored over girls for receiving an education in Kenya. When FH works with a community, it also works with parents. Now, parents living in the communities near the Lakartinya school understand the importance of education for both boys and girls.

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Kenya passes law to step up fight against human trafficking

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Guardian

Bill will provide better support for victims and campaigners say it will make securing convictions easier

Kenya has passed a law that will make it easier to secure convictions for human trafficking by providing greater support to victims, encouraging them to give evidence, campaigners said.

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Kenya: Drought Emergency appeal n°: MDRKE030

The Kenya Red Cross Society aims to assist almost 700,000 people with water, health and nutrition services and support to livelihood activities to maximize the potential for early planting in the coming long rainy season.

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Somalia + 1 other
ACT Alliance Alert: Drought and Food insecurity in Somalia

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ACT Alliance
  1. Brief description of the emergency and impact

The humanitarian situation in Somalia remains dire with drought alerts being sounded. In February, the Food Security and Nutrition Analysis Unit-Somalia (FSNAU)1 and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET)2, indicated that around 860,000 people would remain in Crisis (IPC Phase 3)3 and higher phases through June 2014. There are reports that over 300,000 malnourished children in Somalia and a total nearing a million people are in need of life-saving help.

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South Sudan + 4 others
South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 51 (as of 28 August 2014)

HIGHLIGHTS

● Extensive rains in Bentiu caused renewed flooding and the collapse of around 175 latrines, worsening living conditions for displaced people.

● The crash of a UN-contracted helicopter near Bentiu, Unity State, on 26 August caused suspension of humanitarian flights to the area.

● One in seven people in South Sudan have been displaced from their homes since conflict broke out in December 2013.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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Kenya + 1 other
Kakuma Operational Update 21st – 27th August 2014

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Heavy rains pounded Kakuma on 25th August for several hours, resulting in previously dry river beds to overflow. Culverts leading to the camp were flooded as a result, cutting off the entire camp for hours and causing staff from UNHCR and other agencies to be stranded.

  • An urgent inter-agency coordination meeting was held and a quick assessment of the affected refugees was organized to establish the extent of damage caused by the floods so that immediate emergency interventions could be determined.

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World + 12 others
Weekly Epidemiological Record (WER), 29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388) [EN/FR]

Contents of this issue:

29 August 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Assessing and mitigating the risks of outbreaks due to wild poliovirus in polio-free African countries, 2013-2014
  • 387 Monthly report on dracunculiasis cases, January- July 2014

29 août 2014, vol. 89, 35 (pp. 377-388)

  • 377 Evaluation et atténuation du risque de flambée due à un poliovirus sauvage dans les pays africains exempts de poliomyélite, 2013-2014
  • 387 Rapport mensuel des cas de dracunculose, janvier-juillet 2014
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31 killed in a week of clan wars

In Summary

  • Police say the violence is about elective politics, with each clan wanting a dominant role.

  • The extent of the killings and damage to property by far exceeds what the government has acknowledged officially since the violence began last Saturday.

  • The extent of the damage could be worse given that security personnel have not been able to access all the areas.

By FRED MUKINDA

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World + 14 others
Polio this week as of 27 August 2014

  • Continued transmission in Kano: wild poliovirus 1 transmission continues in a geographically limited area of southern Kano state, Nigeria, indicating pockets where vaccination campaigns and social mobilization are still too weak to assure sufficient coverage during campaigns. Kano is the only state in Nigeria reporting cases of wild poliovirus since April.