WFP Kenya Country Brief, October 2018
The Ministry of Education together with WFP held a ceremony in Isiolo County to officially hand over the school feeding programme to the Government of Kenya. The ceremony which was officiated by the Principal Secretary for Education and WFP Kenya County Director had the participation of key government staff and donors. WFP also accompanied a delegation from the ministries of education and agriculture to attend the Global Child Nutrition Forum in Tunisia, where the handover and leadership provided by the Government of Kenya in the school feeding programme was widely recognized.
The number of food-insecure people has reduced from over 3 million to 700,000 due to two consecutive favourable agricultural seasons in 2017 and 2018. Consequently, WFP stopped food and cash distributions in October for beneficiaries involved in resilience-building activities, thus extending the available resources into the next lean season. Despite initially positive forecasts, the latest rainfall projections for November indicate that the southeast and coastal cropping areas that are heavily dependent on the short rains are likely to experience a poor season. So far, rainfall has largely been below average. However, parts of the northeast (Mandera and Wajir) are likely to receive considerable amounts of rainfall over the next month.
WFP is working with 14 county governments in the arid and semi-arid areas to develop food system strategies and determine the scope of WFP support to facilitate resilient livelihood activities. Vulnerable communities have been identified. Registration will begin in December for activities to commence in early 2019.
WFP in partnership with UNICEF launched a social protection learning and development initiative that will equip practitioners and policy makers with appropriate evidence and skills to design and implement life-cycle oriented social protection programmes and turn innovative ideas into policy and action for the social protection sector. The State Department for Social Protection is providing the overall leadership for this six-month assignment.
In September 2018, WFP scaled up the proportion of cash transfers from 30 to 40 percent for refugees in Dadaab and Kakuma. WFP plans to continue providing unconditional food assistance to refugees through a combination of in-kind and cash transfers. Cash transfers will progressively increase to meet up to 70 percent of food requirements in the next five years in line with the WFP Country Strategic Plan.