WORLD NEWS TOMORROW – Last year, millions of people were in danger of being wiped out by starvation. The ugly scenes saw private firms and other well-wishers raise nearly Sh1 billion to feed the hungry under the Kenyans for Kenya initiative.
A year later, the country is staring at another food crisis. Perennial food shortage has typified the mark of poor planning.Metereologists warn of possible continued food insecurity. People facing starvation are expected to hit 2.4 million. The number of those exposed is likely to increase by 200,000, at least until December, according to the just released Kenya Food Security Steering Group (KFSSG) July to December assessment.
Failure by the Government planners to curb food shortage might plunge more people, especially those in arid and semi-arid areas, into another devastating hunger. This is due to changing weather patterns, crop diseases, surging food prices and failed systems.
Food agency report
The number of food insecure population will be released this month after conclusion of the multi-agency assessments.The group made up of representatives from non-governmental organisations (NGOs), UN agencies, donors and the Government said needs are expected to be high until mid to late October to December short rains.
This will be more pronounced in south Eastern and Coastal marginal agricultural lowlands and in the south-eastern pastoral areas.And as if this is not enough, there is a possibility that the feared El Nino weather phenomenon could strike in two months time, not only bringing the benefit of improved pasture, but also potential weather chaos likely to destroy transport infrastructure.
Fews Net, a provider of food-security warnings funded by the US Agency for International Development, has issued an El Nino warning for October to December.It said enhanced rains may result in the destruction of transport infrastructure hindering access to markets and delivery of humanitarian interventions in the pastoral areas between November and December.
Flooding may also occur in flood-prone areas leading to displacements, loss of livelihood assets, and outbreaks of water- and vector-borne diseases.