WFP Kenya Country Brief, August 2018

Situation Report
Originally published


In Numbers

6,033 mt of food assistance distributed US$ 1.6 m cash-based transfers made US$ 34.4 m six months (September 2018 – February 2019) net funding requirements 0.4 m people assisted in August 2018

Operational Updates

The findings of the long rains assessment conducted by the Kenya Food Security Steering Group, and supported by WFP and partners, were presented on 31 August 2018. The assessment revealed that the food security and nutrition situation has significantly improved in all areas following very favourable rains. However, the lingering effects of consecutive poor seasons in 2016/17 and persistent underlying vulnerabilities mean that there are still 700,000 people across the arid counties that require support to meet their food needs. Acute malnutrition remains above critical thresholds in some of the northern counties.

The National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), UNDP and WFP provided technical and financial support to the County Government of Marsabit in the multi-hazard scenario contingency planning. Consequently, the county government has developed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on activation of response plans and an understanding of when to scale up or scale down a response. These SOPs also clarified roles and responsibilities for each of the stakeholders to facilitate better coordination during emergencies.

WFP met with governors from Garissa and Turkana counties to promote sustainable food systems and align WFP Kenya’s Country Strategic Plan (2018-2023) with the County Integrated Development plans (2018-2022). The governors assured WFP of political goodwill and partnership to promote community resilience and address root causes of food insecurity and malnutrition in their respective counties, which are among the worst affected in Kenya.

In August, WFP provided food assistance to 392,500 refugees and asylum seekers in Dadaab, Kakuma, Kalobeyei and Moyale. Additionally, WFP, along with other potential partners, discussed the UK’s Department for International Development proposed five-year refugee assistance programme. The focus will be to ensure increased access to basic shared services and livelihood opportunities for both refugees and host communities to promote more equitable and socially cohesive societies.