The government has declared a national disaster the drought that has affected 23 arid and semi-arid counties and pockets of other areas.

President Uhuru Kenyatta asked all local and international stakeholders to support the government by up-scaling drought mitigation programmes.

“Support from our partners would complement efforts in mitigating the effects of drought,” Uhuru said at State House in Nairobi.

He spoke on Friday after being briefed on situations on the ground by Cabinet Secretaries involved in drought management and food security.

The President noted that the drought has affected human beings, livestock and wildlife.

He said the government would fast-track and up-scale mitigation programmes to ensure the situation is properly contained.