Fact-Checker: Governmentâ€™s downplay of drought effects sounds insincere
SEE ALSO :State can do better on food security“These individuals were unable to consume the minimum daily calorific requirement of 2,250 Kilocalories (Kcal) as per expenditures on food,” explained the KNBS in part. At the same time, 8.6 per cent of the country (3.9 million Kenyans) is said to be living in abject poverty and unable to afford the minimum required food consumption basket with rural areas recording the highest incidence of extreme poverty at 11.2 per cent (3.2 million individuals). The counties leading in hardcore poverty and thus susceptible to drought lie within the arid and semi-arid areas include Turkana (52 per cent), Samburu (42 per cent), Mandera (38 per cent) and West Pokot (26 per cent). According to the World Food Programme (WFP), access to adequate quantities of nutrition remains a challenge to millions especially in arid and semi-arid regions which make up 80 per cent of the country’s land mass. “Malnutrition remains unacceptably high, with 29 per cent of children in rural areas and 20 per cent of those living in cities stunted,” states the WFP in part. This means erratic rainfall leading to crop failure and decimation of livestock relied on sustenance by millions in rural and arid areas worsen food insecurity in these regions. The result of prolonged malnutrition is a weakening of the body’s autoimmune system leaving the person being exposed to sudden illness and death.
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