Kenya Drought

Looking for climate change clues

The distressing numbers in association with the ongoing drought in Kenya continue to mount. As of February 2017, the drought has affected about half of the country. The cost of maize has risen by a third in the past year, while production of the staple crop has plunged. More than two million people are in need of food aid. Estimates of severely malnourished pregnant mothers and children have topped 350,000. Approximately 175,000 children are unable to attend pre-primary and primary schools due to the drought, according to a UNICEF estimate.  On February 10, 2017, Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta declared a national emergency.

Prompted by questions on whether the current drought in Kenya had any link to climate change, scientists with World Weather Attribution (WWA) conducted a rapid analysis of the counties in the northwest and southeast parts of the country, the areas most affected by the drought.

Read the findings of the analysis here.

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