A local resident is seen with barrels of water in Baringo, northwest Kenya, March 12, 2015. Residents of Baringo County are experiencing extreme cases of hunger as a result of the long periods of drought in Kenya. According to Kenya's Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru, a total of 1.6 million people in arid and semi-arid parts of Kenya are in danger of dying as a result of hunger. (Xinhua/Simbi Kusimba)
A local resident is seen with barrels of water in Baringo, northwest Kenya, March 12, 2015. Residents of Baringo County are experiencing extreme cases of hunger as a result of the long periods of drought in Kenya. According to Kenya's Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru, a total of 1.6 million people in arid and semi-arid parts of Kenya are in danger of dying as a result of hunger. (Xinhua/Simbi Kusimba)

Speaking during a media event at FAO country office in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, Amadou Allahoury, FAO Representative in the East African country, said out of the 10.2 million affected by the drought, about two million small-holder farmers and pastoralists are in need of immediate assistance.

In addition to the support to the government in having drought-response plan in the agriculture sector, the Country Representative stated that FAO has embarked upon its interventions with resources at hand to deal with the situation.

“As FAO, we have support of government to have a response plan in the agriculture sector to address this drought; and beyond that, we have prepared our own plan to address the El Nino situation,” said Allahoury.

FAO carries out activities including among others, distribution of appropriate agriculture inputs for coming planting season, provision of support in fodder and livestock feed supplements, rehabilitation and building new water points, and provision of cash for work opportunities to the vulnerable and affected people, according to the Country Representative.

The Country Representative further said that FAO has been undertaking activities in promoting climate smart agriculture and nutrition sensitive agriculture. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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