WFP Kenya Country Brief, January 2019


In Numbers

3,515 mt of food assistance distributed

USD 1.9 m cash-based transfers made

USD 15.1 m six months (February−July 2019) net funding requirements

392,104 people assisted in January 2019

Operational Updates

Following the successful completion of the Capacity Needs Mapping exercise in 14 arid and semi-arid counties, WFP prepared a draft Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and plan of operations that will be discussed with respective counties and customized to their needs. The MoU will formalise cooperation with counties related to refugee assistance, emergency preparedness and response, resilient livelihoods programming, food systems and supply chains, social protection systems and school feeding programmes. Activity implementation will also be informed by a gender analysis.

WFP’s SOLVE initiative convened a Country Health Supply Chain Solutions forum to accelerate the Government of Kenya’s Universal Health Coverage agenda under the leadership of the Ministry of Health. The forum allowed the Government and the donor community to review the current state of healthcare supply chains in the country and propose actions to accelerate and optimize health supply chain performance both in the public and private sectors in Kenya. Ownership and establishment of the health supply chain road map was fully adopted by the Ministry of Health.

UNHCR, UNICEF, International Rescue Committee and WFP conducted interviews and held health education sessions with scurvy patients in Kakuma to increase awareness on the need for dietary diversity. Topics covered: access to fresh foods using the top-up provided by WFP; the UNHCR cashbased transfers initiative; the adoption of food preparation techniques that preserve nutrients in various food commodities including Super Cereal provided through general rations.

WFP and the Ministry of Education held a two-day workshop on digitization of key processes of the Home-Grown School Meals Programme aimed at enhancing accountability and transparency.

School-level food management processes, supply chain and reporting systems were identified as the main areas requiring digitization. WFP will continue to provide technical assistance to the ministry as they develop the digitized processes linked to the National Education Management Information System.

The Farm to Market Alliance held meetings with stakeholders to plan activities at county and subcounty level in Nyanza, Nakuru and Upper Eastern Counties. Sixty trade fairs are planned for February and March across eight counties, where farmers will have the opportunity to be registered and contracted by buyers, purchase inputs and equipment, be trained on agronomy & post-harvest loss management and learn about the benefits of financial services and insurance.