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WFP Kenya Refugee Resource Update, March 2017



• WFP will resume food entitlements at 100 percent for the 420,000 refugees in Dadaab and Kakuma from 1 April due to the arrival of incoming food.

• WFP greatly thanks European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) and the governments of Germany, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States for making this possible.

• The food pipeline for refugees in Dadaab and Kakuma is secure until the end of July.

• The cash transfer pipeline for refugees is only covered for the month of April.

• WFP requires US$17.6 million to ensure refugee food assistance in the form of cash from April to September. If donors respond immediately, WFP will be able to respond to fill the pipeline break from May.

• Whilst food prices have seen a significant rise in many parts of Kenya, in Dadaab and Kakuma camps, the situation is more complex: prices of some foods have increased by up to 33 percent, whilst others have fallen.

However, given the price of the food items most frequently bought with Bamba Chakula, the erosion of beneficiaries’ purchasing power is minimal and does not require an increase in the monthly entitlement.
However, WFP will continue to monitor price trends very closely.

• WFP and UNHCR are developing a contingency plan for the case of a large influx of refugees into Kenya from South Sudan or Somalia. Food assistance requirements are not included in this contingency plan.

• Thirty percent of refugee entitlements are provided by WFP in cash and 70 percent in food.

• Nutrition activities are fully funded from April to September.