World Food Program in Kenya welcomes record US government funding to fight hunger
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has welcomed a $194.5 million contribution from the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to provide essential food and nutrition assistance and resilience-building initiatives to thousands of people facing the worst drought in four decades. This contribution – the largest ever made by a single donor to the WFP operation in Kenya – will also meet the food needs of thousands of refugees.
“We are extremely grateful for this record contribution from the US government to support thousands of people affected by severe drought and those forced from their homes by conflict,” said Lauren Landis, WFP Kenya Country Director. “WFP is rapidly scaling up life-saving assistance to support more drought-affected families whose livelihoods have been devastated by four consecutive failed rainy seasons.”
This funding will enable WFP to scale up its drought response by providing food and cash assistance to 535,000 people facing emergency levels of hunger (up from 108,000 people in the first half of 2022), treating malnutrition in 570,000 young children, pregnant women and nursing mothers. , and increase food rations to 80 percent (instead of 50 percent) for more than 500,000 refugees. WFP will also continue to provide resilience-building initiatives such as the rehabilitation of irrigation infrastructure and livelihood diversification programs such as beekeeping and the introduction of drought-resistant crops for 370 000 people.
“There is still no end in sight to this drought crisis and we call on all donors to ensure predictable and sustainable funding throughout this year and into 2023 to save lives and prevent further people from sinking into deeper levels of hunger,” Landis said.
There are currently 3.5 million Kenyans food insecure due to drought, according to the 2022 Long Rains Assessment Report released in August. More than 700,000 people are in a state of emergency and around 940,000 children (aged 6-59 months) and 135,000 pregnant women and nursing mothers across the country are acutely malnourished and need urgent treatment. The report also estimates that the number of food insecure people could reach 4.35 million by October as the drought worsens.
Distributed by APO Group for the World Food Program (WFP).
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