Communities in West Pokot, Kenya, received 17 sheep from Action Against Hunger.


We work to improve the country’s healthcare system and provide life-saving nutrition programmes.

Kenya has the largest economy in East Africa thanks to its strong agricultural sector. However, the distribution of wealth is unequal with around half the country’s population living below poverty line.

Communities living in drier regions face immense challenges, including drought, hunger, malnutrition and poverty.

Extreme weather caused by climate change and food shortages have also made the public health situation in Kenya worse, putting the lives and livelihoods of millions of people at risk.

Country facts

  • 623,651

    Action Against Hunger's programmes in Kenya reached over 600,000 people in 2020.

  • 52.6M

    Kenya has a population of over 50 million people.

  • 26.2%

    More than a quarter of Kenyan children under five suffer from malnutrition.

Action Against Hunger’s work in Kenya

Action Against Hunger’s teams in Kenya work to address the underlying causes of malnutrition. Our programmes include:

  • responding to a food shortage by supporting over 100,000 with nutrition treatment
  • supporting families to screen their children for malnutrition during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • providing over 150,000 people with access to clean water
  • working with local governments to improve the quality of healthcare
  • supporting the vaccination of livestock so farmers can secure higher prices
  • promoting good nutrition to help boost natural immunity to coronavirus
  • Covid-19 awareness raising through the radio and roadshows
Elizabeth and her daughter Evelyn in Isiolo, Kenya. They received support from Action Against Hunger.

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