1 The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) has received a contribution of $194.5 million from the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to provide assistance critical food and nutrition and resilience-building initiatives for thousands of people facing the worst drought in four decades.
3 “We are very grateful for this record contribution from the US government to support thousands of people affected by severe drought and those who have been driven from their homes by conflict,” said Lauren Landis, WFP Country Director in Kenya.
4 “WFP is rapidly scaling up vital assistance to help more drought-affected families whose livelihoods have been devastated by four consecutive failed rainy seasons.”
5 This funding will allow 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), treat malnutrition in 570,000 young children , pregnant women and lactating mothers.
6 , and increase food rations to 80% (from 50%) for more than 500,000 refugees.
7 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-tolerant crops for 370,000 people.
8 “The end of this drought crisis is still in sight and we call on all donors to ensure predictable and sustainable funding this year and well into 2023 to save lives and prevent more people from falling into deeper levels of hunger.
9 Landis said.
10 There are currently 3.5 million Kenyans food insecure due to drought, according to the 2022 Long Rains Assessment report released in August.
11 More than 700,000 people are at emergency levels and approximately 940,000 children (6-59 months of age) and 135,000 pregnant and lactating women across the country are severely malnourished and need urgent treatment.
12 The report also estimates that the number of food insecure people could rise to 4.35 million in October as the drought worsens.