WFP Kenya — Refugee Resource Update May 2017

from World Food Programme
Published on 19 May 2017


Since April, the 420,000 refugees in Dadaab, Kakuma and Kalobeyei have been receiving full food assistance. In Dadaab and Kakuma this consists of an in-kind food basket and cash transfer representing 70 percent and 30 percent of their overall food entitlement, respectively. However, the 25,000 refugees in Kalobeyei settlement mainly receive cash transfers to meet their basic food needs.

WFP thanks the governments of Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States, as well as European Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection Operations (ECHO) and the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) for their continued support. WFP is also grateful to the governments who have provided multilateral funds to the refugee programme. The food pipeline for refugees in Dadaab and Kakuma camps is secure until the end of September.

The cash transfer pipeline for all refugees is only covered until the end of June. From May, refugees will be receiving whole wheat as part of their food basket. To facilitate and support the cost of milling, they will be receiving an additional cash transfer of KES 5 (5 US cents) per kg of whole wheat. WFP expects the new commodity and the cash top up for milling will be appreciated by the beneficiary refugee households.

To ensure that adequate food assistance is regularly provided to all refugees in Dadaab, Kakuma and Kalobeyei until October 2017, WFP requires US$10.7 million. Of this, US$9.3 million is required for cash transfers. A resource shortfall for cash transfers will have serious consequences in Kalobeyei, where 95 percent of the refugees’ food assistance is provided as cash. Nutrition activities for refugees are fully funded until October.