The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of wheat flour from the Russian Federation worth US$2 million (about Ksh. 170 million) to provide assistance to vulnerable people in Kenya, including the drought-affected poor and refugees.
“The Russian Federation is pleased to support WFP in the fight against hunger and commends the organisation for the support it is giving to people who need food assistance,” said Alexander Makarenko, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Kenya.
WFP will use the 1,760 metric tons of wheat flour to support drought recovery and refugee programmes in various parts of the country in partnership with the Government of Kenya. WFP is providing food assistance to 2.2 million food-insecure people in northern arid districts and feeding about 550,000 refugees in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps.
“Kenya has continued to experience inadequate rainfall in some parts of the country, which has left thousands of people in need of food assistance, and the contribution from the Russian Federation is, therefore, welcome as it will go a long way in supporting those in need,” said Andrew Mondoh, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of State for Special Programmes.
A rapid mid-season food security assessment done in June indicates that the number of people in Kenya struggling to provide food for their families is likely to increase as a result of the poor performance of the long rains from March to May. A more comprehensive food security assessment will take place in August.
“This contribution comes at a particularly critical time when livelihoods are fragile due to the poor long rains preceded by three successive seasons of drought,” said WFP Country Director Ronald Sibanda.
In collaboration with the Kenyan government, WFP is expanding its support for activities that promote sustainable food security by investing in and developing communities’ ability to cope with frequent and prolonged droughts.