NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The UN humanitarian agency said on Friday it
plans to spend 60 million U.S. dollars in 2016 in order to feed
food-insecure people in Kenya.
The UN World Food
Programme (WFP) Senior Deputy Country Director Thomas Hansson
told Xinhua in Nairobi that there are currently 800,000 people,
mostly in the arid and semi-arid areas, who are food insecure.
“We will provide
food and cash assistance for vulnerable households so that they
can create assets that will enable them to overcome drought
conditions,” said Hansson on the sidelines of the launch of the
single registry for Kenya’s Cash Transfer Program.
Most of Kenya’s
agriculturists and pastoralists depend on rainfall for crops
harvests as well as fodder for their livestock. As a result,
when the rain falls, it leads to poor harvests, and in some
cases, famine if no interventions are undertaken.
communities build productive assets such as irrigation and fish
ponds in order to build their resilience in a long run.
“Our aim is for
vulnerable communities to be able to conduct their economic
activities even during prolonged periods of drought,” Hansson
Kenya’s last major
drought occurred in 2011, when several million people were
rendered food insecure.