WFP Kenya — Rural Resilience Resource Update May 2017
Semi-arid counties. Food security has continued to deteriorate significantly in the semi-arid counties of Kenya, mainly as a consequence of the severe shortfall in agricultural production resulting from the poor rainfall in the 2016 short rains season. This situation is likely to continue as no major harvest is expected in these marginal agricultural regions until February 2018.
To address this food insecurity WFP has increased the level of cash transfer from KES 2,000 to KES 2,500 per household per month for all 333,000 beneficiaries in the semi-arid counties. To help prevent further deterioration of food security, WFP would like to extend cash transfers to cover the post-harvest months of July and August, which are not usually covered. However, confirmed resources only allow WFP to provide cash transfers until the end of June.
WFP is seeking immediate funding of US$16 million to continue to provide food assistance through cash transfers until the end of November, US$6 million of which is to provide additional drought support and cover the post-harvest months of July and August.
Without this support, progress on food security and beneficiaries’ ability to transition out of food assistance will be eroded, and households will be pushed towards negative coping strategies, such as selling livestock and other assets and cutting back on food consumption. Arid counties. Food insecurity is continuing to deteriorate in Kenya’s arid counties. Livestock still remain in the dry season grazing areas and livestock productivity remains abnormally low, limiting households’ consumption and income from livestock.
Given the high level of food insecurity, WFP will continue to support asset-creation beneficiaries with food transfers throughout May and June, normally post-harvest months when food assistance is not provided. Sufficient resources are available to provide food assistance until the end of October. The additional assistance should prevent further deterioration of food insecurity and ensure that resilience-building investments made thus far are not lost through a reversion to negative coping strategies.
WFP’s resilience-building programme is helping to mitigate the effects of the current drought on food-insecure communities by supporting them with cash and in-kind food transfers. In addition, the programme is assisting beneficiaries to develop long-term resilience to drought through the development of productive assets. In 2016, 94,000 WFP beneficiaries made significant progress towards self-reliance and were self-selected to transition out of the resilience-building programme.