Despite being Eastern Africa’s economic power, rural poverty is rampant, especially in the semi-arid Northern regions. Only 20% of the territory is considered arable. Frequent droughts and a growing population add to the challenge of achieving greater food security for all. Improving resilience and promoting drought-tolerant crops are some of ICRISAT's research priorities in Kenya.

83% - Extent of  Kenya's territory that is arid or semi-arid

145 out of 186- Kenya's Human development rank

35%- - Percentage of children under five in Kenya being stunted

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