Vulnerability, Risk, and Resilience: The implications for the drivers of malnutrition in Isiolo and Marsabit Counties, Kenya

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The resilience of pastoralism as a livelihood system stands out, even with the challenges posed by the prolonged drought. This learning brief explores the continuity and changes to livelihoods in select sites in Isiolo and Marsabit Counties, Kenya, and reviews the implications — both beneficial and detrimental — of the continuity and the changes on the drivers of child acute malnutrition.

This brief is part of a series of learning briefs on the mixed-methods USAID Nawiri longitudinal research study, which took place in Marsabit and Isiolo Counties, Kenya, from September 2021 to September 2023. The research study is one component of the “Nutrition in the ASALs within Integrated Resilient Institutions” (Nawiri) program implemented by a consortium led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS). The mixed methods research study is a collaboration between Tufts and Kenyatta Universities, Catholic Relief Services, and Caritas.







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This learning brief presents preliminary findings on strategic mobility and its nutritional benefits to pastoral and agropastoral communities in select sites in Isiolo and Marsabit Counties, Kenya.

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This learning brief presents preliminary findings about the cause (drivers) of persistently high rates of child acute malnutrition in select sites in Isiolo and Marsabit Counties.

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