Watch NTV feature story on drought biting hard in Marsabit County


WATCH: NTV DROUGHT IN MARSABIT NEWS FEATURE aired on Sunday, 22 February 2017

"Marsabit County is experiencing severe drought in sub-Counties such as North Horr, Laisamis and Moyale. A huge number of livestock is at risk of perishing. Both the National and County governments have embarked in implementing drought intervention activities. HSNP, a national cash transfer programme has scaled up drought emergency cash payments to additional households in the four Counties of Marsabit, Turkana, Wajir and Mandera." Guyo Golicha, CDC Marsabit

Drought is the biggest natural hazard in Kenya. In the past, Kenya’s drought responses were solely based on costly and often late humanitarian disaster appeals.

Emergency cash transfers during drought are one of the objectives of the HSNP Phase 2 and a key component of the National Safety Net Programme (NSNP) Programme. Each household receives Ksh2,700 under the emergency cash transfers. 

In response to the ongoing drought, on 28 December 2016 HSNP scaled up cash transfer to additional 26,482 vulnerable households - Wajir (20,274) Mandera (582) and Marsabit (5,626) in November 2016. The total value was Kshs. 143Million. This was following the vegetation cover index report of November 2016.

On 30 January 2017, scaled up cash transfers were done to additional 79,313 vulnerable households: Wajir (35,245), Mandera (17,420), Turkana (16,632) and Marsabit (9,836). The total value of the scale cash transfers is Ksh214.5 Million, with a scale up transfer value of Ksh 2,700 per household. The payments were triggered by the vegetation cover index report of December 2016.

Total emergency payments paid during the current drought between December 2016 and January 2017 is Kshs. 357.5million.


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