WFP Kenya Country Brief, April 2017



  • WFP has extended treatment of malnutrition to the mobile clinics in arid counties, as planning and fundraising to scale up to semi-arid counties continue.

  • For prevention of acute malnutrition, distribution of specialised nutritious foods is expected to start in May in parts of Turkana and Marsabit.

  • WFP is supporting the Government for an intervention to transfer cash to 1.6 million drought-affected people.

  • WFP and partners have established the first vegetable gardens in Kalobeyei settlement.

Operational Updates

WFP and the Government have extended treatment of moderate acute malnutrition to mobile health clinics in arid counties, where health workers provide outreach services in addition to established health centres, in order to reach more malnourished people. In May, support be will scaled-up to cover the semi-arid counties. WFP’s support is complementing government efforts in treating malnourished children and women.

In April, WFP signed agreements with Save the Children and Concern Worldwide, which will implement the prevention of moderate acute malnutrition activities in Turkana and Marsabit counties. Community mobilization, comprehensive communication campaigns and distribution of specialized nutritious foods started in May. WFP plans to roll out the other counties with over 20 percent global acute malnutrition, starting with Mandera, as more funding becomes available.

WFP is leveraging its existing relationship with a leading mobile telecommunications firm in Kenya to assist the Government with drought relief cash transfers for 1.6 million people. The targeting process is ongoing and the arrangements between WFP and the Government are in the final stages, after which registration of beneficiary households into an online platform will begin and funds will transferred to beneficiaries.

WFP has reached 370,000 people in arid counties participating in asset creation livelihood activities in March-April. There were delays in distributing food as shipments only arrived in late April. Also, WFP could not extend relief assistance for families participating in asset creation in the semi-arid counties during the post-harvest month of March because of a lack of resources.

The Kenya Food Security Steering Group conducted a midseason assessment in early May on the forecast impact of the rainy season in 14 arid and semi-arid counties. The counties visited were selected based on high food insecurity and expected deterioration, time and resources available for the assessment, and access, given insecurity in some counties. Results will be released later on in May.

WFP, FAO and the County Government of Turkana introduced dryland farming techniques in Kalobeyei settlement as a first step in introducing livelihood activities among refugees. Over 100 refugee families set up backyard kitchen gardens using ‘sunken beds’ to conserve water. These and other rainwater-harvesting techniques will be rolled out to support the refugee and host communities produce food for their families.