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Strengthening Early Warning and Early Action strategies for Urban for Security in Kenya

Volume 1 - Issue 7

Omoyo Nicodemus Nyandiko*

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    • Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya

    *Corresponding author: Omoyo Nicodemus Nyandiko, P.O Box 190 50100 Kakamega, Kenya, Tel: 254726745378; Email:

Received: November 11, 2017;   Published: December 18, 2017

DOI: 10.26717/BJSTR.2017.01.000603

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Kenya is witnessing rapid population growth in the urban centers estimated at 4.4 % per year. It is projected that the number of people living in urban areas will exceed those in rural areas in the next two decades where majority of the population (60%) are living in informal settlements. Due to diverse physiographic conditions, urban areas are more exposed to various types of risks than even rural areas which are likely to worsen due to climate change. An increasing concentration of population coupled with extreme events, results in high damages to assets, interruptions in business continuity, loss of lives, displacement of populations, which is further enhanced by economic and social vulnerability. Informal settlements in urban areas face serious threat from such emergencies with food security top amongst the crises facing them.

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