Kenya Inter-Cluster Team Situation Report No. 23, 08 May 2008: Kenya Post-Election Emergency Response; Cluster - Food Assistance

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Situation Overview

Kenya Red Cross(KRC), Government of Kenya(GoK), Office of the President/Special Programmes, and WFP are coordinating the single-food-pipeline and food assistance activities in Kenya, building on the existing food assistance coordination mechanisms in Kenya.

The KRC statistics as of late April showed 157,585 IDPs in 182 camps and an additional 130,000 in host communities. However, with the recent launch by the Government of 'Rudi Nyumbani' (Return Home) operation, these figures are expected to change rapidly. Camp registers are expected to be helpful in tracking beneficiaries' movement.

The security situation has returned to calm in most of the country. Highways were accessible and no post-election related violence was reported. However, a few incidents of road banditry, hijacking of public transport means, robbery and violence against passengers were reported end of last week. The incidents were by no means limited to post-election crisis areas. UNON security mission team is currently visiting post-election crisis areas to review the security situation and recommend a security phase level.

Humanitarian Response

GoK, KRC, WFP, and partners have jointly delivered 12,301 mt of assorted food. Adequate WFP stocks are in place at four operational hubs (Eldoret, Kisumu, Nakuru, Nairobi), in addition to GoK and KRC stocks, to respond to identified needs for the current distribution. WFP will face pipeline breaks for cereal shortfalls in June, and a dramatic pipeline break for all commodities in July.

Under the IASC Emergency Humanitarian Response Plan, WFP appealed for additional USD 84.35 million needed to cater for IDPs and populations affected by short rains failure in arid and semi-arid districts until the end of 2008. In addition, WFP has prepared a new project document for an emergency operation from July 2008 through March 2009 which will continue to cater for drought victims in the north and people affected by post-election violence in western parts of Kenya. WFP is appealing for 113.5 million, and the total food requirements are 122,128 mt of food commodities (this is inclusive of USD 84 million under the IASC appeal). Food commodities are not a part of the KRC April appeal for additional funding.

Nyanza and Western Provinces

A total of 1,496 mt food has been distributed in Nyanza and Western Provinces from 9 January through end of April. In April alone, some 17,700 beneficiaries received 256 mt of assorted food commodities.

Out of the latest dispatch of 40 mt of CSB for supplementary feeding for the most vulnerable groups, 7.5 mt were for Chewele, Bungoma and Mt. Elgon locations, as requested by UNICEF.

Training of KRC volunteers who will be responsible for distributions to returnees in Homabay, Busia and Nyando was conducted this and last week.

A distribution plan has been made for 27,400 returnees served out of Kisumu hub. Dispatches are planned for the second week of May.

North Rift

A total of 155 MT of assorted commodities was dispatched and distributed in Burnt Forest, Shikhendu, Ngarua, Boror, Gitwamba, Explosion, Kesogon and Eldoret showground. The dispatches also include food for various health institutions in the North Rift for supplementary feeding for the most vulnerable groups.

The 5th round distribution is still underway and was planned to be concluded by Monday 5th May. However, the on- going resettlement programme by the Government is interfering with the planned food distributions and causing delays.

So far 64 out 65 camps/sites have been covered with either a monthly ration or a two weeks ration. PCEA Munyaka was remaining pending register verification.

South Rift

A total of 68 mts of assorted food commodities distributed to 8,019IDPs in Molo, Narok and Kipkelion.

Nairobi & Central

WFP completed its fourth and last round of distributions in Nairobi and Central in the second half of April. The general food security situation in these areas does not warrant further food assistance, however, UNICEF and NGO partners, through shortly planned nutritional surveys, will inform whether supplementary feeding for the most vulnerable populations is necessary.