Human Development Index
145 (out of 188 countries ranked)
People Helped in 2015: 369,499
People Received Nutritional Support
People Accessed Safe Water and Sanitation
Kenya has one of the strongest economies in Africa. However, progress has been uneven and a large part of the country is still underdeveloped.
The nation is home to more than 44 million people, 80 percent of whom live in rural areas and rely almost entirely on seasonal rainfall to make their living from small-scale farming. When the rains fail, crops fail—and people are left without a source of food or income. About 80 percent of the land in Kenya is arid or semi-arid, and nearly half of the population live below the poverty line. Adding to the strain on local resources, in 2015, Kenya supported close to 596,000 refugees from crises in the region, particularly South Sudan and Somalia.
In 2015, 1.1 million people were food insecure and in need of humanitarian assistance. An estimated one in every four children in Kenya suffers from stunted growth from chronic undernutrition.
Action Against Hunger has been working in Kenya since 2002. We currently have programs in four counties: Nairobi, West Pokot, Isiolo, and Tana River.