- Baringo, Turkana, West Pokot, Lamu, Wajir, Kajiado, Samburu and Narok are some of the counties to benefit from the programme.
- Part of the money will be used to buy affected livestock while the rest will go towards improving pasture and establishing hay stores in arid and semi-arid areas.
- The situation has adversely affected the livestock sector which is the main economic mainstay of pastoralists in the region.
By WYCLIFF KIPSANG
- Ministry says 1.6 million Kenyans face acute food shortages.
- Devolution ministry says Sh2.3 million food in county stores has already been released to the needy following release of distribution cash.
By SUNDAY NATION TEAM
The Sh2.3 million emergency relief food that had been lying at the county depots has been released to Kenyans facing acute food shortage, according to the Devolution ministry.
The government had purchased the food for 23 counties arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) sometime in January.
The 2015 Food Security Assessment Report lists Garissa, Marsabit, Wajir and Isiolo counties as the worst affected by hunger, and they have been classified as “alarm drought status.”
Earlier, Ms Waiguru opened an Asal stakeholders’ forum at Kenyatta University to discuss, among other things, the transformation of Asal’s into food secure regions.
The report warns that the situation in the worst affected counties is likely to deteriorate into emergency status if nothing is done to alleviate the situation
- Mr Macharia said the new Kemri Culture Media Manufacturing Centre was expected to solve some problems often faced by doctors and researchers, which include importing culture samples with short life span.
By NATION REPORTER
Kenya is now home to a centre for diagnosing infectious diseases in East and Central Africa.
The centre is based at the Kenya Medical Research Institute and was commissioned yesterday by Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia (below).