WFP Emergency Report No. 20 of 1997: Kenya

Situation Report
Originally published
Issued weekly by the United Nations World Food Programme

This report includes: A) Democratic People's Republic of Korea B) Iran C) Iraq D) Burundi, Rwanda, Zaire and Tanzania E) Uganda F) Kenya G) Somalia.

From P. Ares, Chief, Programming Service. Available on the Internet at WFP Home Page or by e-mail from (fax 39 6 5228 2837). For information regarding resources, donors are requested to contact Mr. F. Strippoli or Ms. A. Blum, WFP Rome (telephone 39 6 5228 2504 or 5228 2004).

(Details below in Part II)


1. Drought operations update

a) Good rains ease situation for pastoralists, but recovery in agro-pastoral areas not expected until harvest of August/September.

b) WFP relief assistance to school children in drought-affected areas expanded to over 450,000 students.
c) General food distributions by WFP hampered by delays in arrival of regional food purchases and by heavy rains.




1.1 The current rainy season in Kenya has so far resulted in normal to better than normal rainfall in virtually all parts of the country including those areas deemed most affected by the drought. As a result, predominantly pastoral areas of north-eastern and eastern Kenya have experienced marked improvement in forage production, and surface water catchments have been fully replenished. Livestock health has improved significantly, leading to a higher market value.

1.2 While favourable levels of rainfall have also been recorded in agro-pastoral areas of Kenya, recovery in these areas is expected to take relatively longer as farmers must wait until the next harvest (August/September).

1.3 WFP has recently expanded its relief assistance to school children. From May to July, more than 450,000 students will participate in school feeding projects in Kenya's most badly affected drought areas.

1.4 WFP general food distributions to drought-affected populations, which commenced in February, have been hampered by delays in the arrival of regional food purchases and by heavy rains, which have cut access to parts of north-eastern and eastern Kenya. Rains are also affecting the arrival of relief food from Ethiopia, where WFP has purchased several thousand tons of food for the Kenyan drought operation. The situation is expected to improve with the tapering of rains by mid to late May. Some 9,000 metric tons of maize and 950 metric tons of beans are expected to arrive in Kenya by the end of
the month.