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WFP Kenya Country Brief, June 2017



  • Nutrition surveys undertaken in June 2017 in Turkana indicate a deepening nutritional crisis compared to five months ago.

  • Insecurity and a nationwide strike by nurses are hampering provision for health and nutrition services in the most vulnerable locations.

  • WFP is seeking resources as part of contingency planning for election preparedness.

  • WFP supported the Government to prepare for the national registration of people 70 years and above for social protection.

Operational Updates

The nutrition situation continued to deteriorate in arid counties as drought conditions intensified, even as the government and humanitarian actors scaled-up treatment and prevention activities. Surveys in June in Turkana report a prevalence of global acute malnutrition of 31 percent, double the “critical” threshold for an emergency. Survey results for other counties are expected by the end of July.
WFP provided ready-to-use-specialised foods to treat moderate acute malnutrition amongst children. In addition, WFP and partners continued providing SuperCereal Plus, a specialized nutritious food for preventing acute malnutrition in Turkana North and North Horr (Marsabit) amongst pregnant and breastfeeding women, and children under 5; all sub-counties in Turkana and Mandera, and priority areas in Marsabit are expected to be covered by end-July.

WFP reached 595,000 people with in-kind food and cashbased transfers through the relief and asset creation activities. WFP also continued to provide technical assistance to the State Department for Special Programmes to roll out emergency cash transfers to 1.6 million drought-affected people. By the end of June, beneficiary targeting was complete, and registration and cash transfers started in priority counties in July.

WFP and other partners supported Baringo County to review its asset-creation plans. The county plans to take up increased leadership in asset creation activities. Plans were fine-tuned, the budget revised and a roadmap formulated to be included in the next county integrated development plan.
Kenya’s general elections are on 8 August. WFP is mobilising resources for emergency preparedness and leading two of eight regional coordination hubs in support of the Government-led contingency plan. WFP is seeking USD 15.8 million to support emergency preparedness and coordination activities, and to provide food assistance for up to 400,000 people who may be affected by election-related violence, in line with the humanitarian pillar of the contingency plan.

The State Department for Social Protection organized a oneday national stakeholders’ consultative forum on the newlylaunched plan to provide social assistance to all senior citizens aged over 70 years. Registration of potential beneficiaries (expected to be 500,000) commenced in July.
WFP has provided rapid and accelerated technical and financial support in readiness for the registration.

In June, 3,500 new arrivals from South Sudan were registered in Kakuma and Kalobeyei, and 1,500 refugees repatriated to Somalia from Dadaab in June. Overall, WFP assisted 415,000 refugees in the camps. Besides the regular food and cash-based transfers, WFP provided a cash top-up for milling of the wheat grain distributed.