NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- The UN
food agency on Tuesday announced that it is seeking to raise about 450 million
U.S. dollars for emergency humanitarian assistance to three drought-hit
countries in the Horn of Africa.
Program (WFP) Regional Director Valerie Guarnieri told Xinhua in Nairobi that
Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia have about 10 million people in need of urgent food
seeking to raise the funds on a country-by-country basis by supporting the
individual UN country offices to make the food appeal,” Guarnieri said during an
Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) briefing on the current
the country with the biggest need for humanitarian assistance. “For Somalia we
need 350 million dollars in order to scale up emergency relief response to reach
2.9 million people,” Guarnieri added.
assistance will also be used to provide blanket supplementary feeding to support
those severely affected by drought. In Kenya, the UN food agency has a 22
million dollar revenue shortfall.
looking to source the funds in order to provide drought affected individuals to
restore their livelihoods as well as supplement their nutrition,” she said.
government has already allocated 90 million dollars for a multi-sectoral drought
response. According to the WFP, approximately five million people are in urgent
need of food aid in Ethiopia.
“Out of that
1.5 million are in the Somali region of Ethiopia, where the WFP already plays a
lead role in providing humanitarian assistance,” Guarnieri said.
is also impacted by the drought but it has a bigger issue of the ongoing civil