NDMA Raises Ksh1bn For Drought Mitigation Efforts

The National Steering Committee on Drought Response (NDMA) having so far raised KES 1 billion for drought mitigation now targets one million Kenyans in the latest phase of food distribution. This week WaKenya Tulindane is set to distribute food to 9 counties targeting 290,000 people. The target countries are Garissa, Nyeri, Taita Taveta, Narok, Meru, Baringo, Kwale, Marsabit, and Makueni.

Based on the data from the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) up to 6 million Kenyans from 32 counties are food insecure with the persisting drought set to continue due to depressed rainfall.

At least 970,000 children and 142,000 pregnant women are malnourished urgent lifesaving interventions are needed urgently. The case is quite vital considering the number of malnourished children rising from 884,000 children as of July 2022.

The NDMA Committee under the WaKenya Tulindane Campaign will this week distribute food in Garissa, Nyeri, Taita Taveta, Narok, Marsabit, Meru, Baringo, Kwale, Makueni Counties in an attempt to combat the food insecurity witnessed. The food is to be distributed to 48,560 households targeting 290,000 Kenyans.

The NDMA report further shows that over 2.6 million heads of livestock have died as a result of the drought. This has been the case due to water availability being suppressed as 60% of open water sources dried up and most permanent rivers recorded below 40% of normal flow yet they were the main sources of water for most communities.

“We are grateful to Kenyans for the contributions thus far that have reached KES 1 billion even as we align as a Committee on the short, medium, and long-term plans. We have started implementing some of them such as a partnership with the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) to rehabilitate between 250 to 300 boreholes that are expected to give one million Kenyans access to water,” said Peter Ndegwa, Chairman of, the National Steering Committee on Drought Response.

The National Steering Committee on Drought Response(NDMA) has so far distributed food to over 400,000 Kenyans in 67,000 households since December last year in Marsabit, Turkana, Mandera, Wajir, Kilifi, Kitui, Kajiado, Isiolo, Samburu, and Meru Counties.

Kenyans can contribute through PayBill 880990, which is available on all mobile networks, and through the National Drought Mitigation Appeal Fund under KCB Bank, Riverside branch through account number 1305486137.

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