Climate Risks in Food for Peace Geographies: Kenya
This profile provides an overview of climate risks in Kenya, including how climate change will potentially impact three key sectoral areas in northern Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands (ASALs): agriculture and livelihoods; health and nutrition; and water resources. The brief also includes an overview of economic, social and ecological characteristics in USAID Food for Peace program area livelihood zones, as well as historical weather trends and future climate projections in Kenya.
Northern Kenya’s ASALs are food- and water-insecure regions that face risks from an increasingly variable and changing climate, adding to the challenges of widespread poverty and food insecurity. Rising temperatures, heat waves, changes in seasonal rainfall and extreme rainfall events intensify risks to livestock and crop production and to human health. Years of agricultural losses from recurrent droughts and flooding events, combined with limited livelihood alternatives and barriers to market engagement, have increased food insecurity and vulnerability to regional and global food price fluctuations. As the combination of climate and non-climate impacts continue to increase, they exacerbate tensions over already limited land and water resources.