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Hope in a harsh landscape24 April 2012
by Kenya Red Cross/Climate Centre
The Kenya Red Cross is helping to build ‘climate-smart’ food security in drought-affected areas
The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) is this year intensifying its drive to find ways to reinforce the climate-resilience of food supplies in the aftermath of the latest drought that left an estimated 4 million Kenyans food-insecure. More than 300,000 people of Wajir district in the dry North Eastern Province know all about it – the failure of the short rains at the end of 2010 and the lateness of long rains several months later pushed many to the edge of survival. The area is mainly dependent on livestock, and over the years communities have been impoverished by continual losses of animals. Former pastoralists who no longer have access to this traditional livelihood settled along main roads and are reliant on relief food.