Millions of Kenyans risk hunger this year, according to the government and the UN World Food Program, unless international donors grappling with their own financial crises step in to provide massive aid.
The World Food Program sent out teams this week to assess the extent of the crisis after yet another rash of crop failures caused by prolonged drought; the agency says historical data suggests 3.2 million people will need aid.
In many of the worst affected areas, this is the third consecutive failed harvest. WFP estimates that $135 million will be needed to tackle the crisis through the expansion of emergency projects.
"This is a very alarming situation," WFP spokeswoman Gabrielle Menezes said as she led a group of journalists across a field filled with dry and broken cornstalks. "People already hit by high food prices are struggling to feed themselves."