NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The Food and Agriculture Organization
(FAO) and Kenya on Wednesday signed a Technical Cooperation
Program (TCP) agreement that will provide immediate assistance
for drought affected pastoral and agro pastoral households in
FAO Representative in Kenya Gabriel
Rugalema told journalists in Nairobi that under the deal
approximately 2,000 smallholder agropastoralists’ households
will receive emergency support that will improve their access to
"We plan to install 30 community water tanks in the northern
counties of Isiolo and Marsabit to enable 10,000 livestock
breeding stock to receive vital water supplies," Rugalema said.
In addition, FAO will deliver 294.2 tonnes of animal feed and
196 tonnes of high-fibre ranch cubes to 545 smallholder
pastoralist and agropastoralist households in the drought
affected Marsabit, Kwale and Isiolo counties.
"These counties will benefit from emergency distribution of
bales of hay and high fibre ranch cubes to feed up to a total of
65,450 animal breeding stock for two months until pasture are
fully regenerated in June," the FAO Representative said.
On Feb 10, Kenya declared the ongoing drought a national
disaster with approximately three million people affected.
The northern and coastal areas of Kenya are currently facing
widespread drought due to the poor performance of the
October-December 2016 short rains which followed an already long
dry season and erratic, below-average main season long rains in
Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock
and Fisheries Willy Bett said that the government has set aside
263 million U.S. dollars to respond to the humanitarian needs in
"The three-phase plan has committed 159 million dollars for
phases one and two. Of this, 30.6 million dollars is dedicated
to livestock response," Bett said.
In addition, the government has paid out insurance to 11,000
households, totaling two million dollars.
The CS noted that despite this considerable commitment, the
ministry of agriculture livestock estimates there is still a gap
of 126 million dollars owing to rising needs in the livestock
United Nations to launch
food appeal for Kenya
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The United Nations will on Thursday launch
an international food appeal to alleviate hunger in Kenya.
The World Food Programme (WFP) Representative in Kenya
Annalisa Conte told Xinhua in Nairobi that the appeal is
necessary after Kenya declared the current drought as a national
"Kenya government has pointed out that despite allocating
resources to combat the ongoing drought there is still a gap in
funding that partners can help to fill," Conte said on the
sidelines of the Strengthening Smallholder Farmers Production
The day-long event brought policy makers, private sector and
non-governmental organizations to review ways to improve small
scale farmers’ incomes.
The UN’s food appeal will include a detailed plan for a
multilateral response to the drought.
"It will present the different activities and roles that each
UN entity in Kenya will play in order to mitigate the effects of
the drought," Conte said.
According to government data, more than 3 million people in
Kenya are currently affected by the drought.
The drought has been caused by poor rainfall in 2016 and has
affected 23 arid and semi-arid counties in the country.
The UN food agency is also involved in improving food
security in Kenya.
WFP is currently providing funding for school meals for
500,000 school children.
Conte said that it will handover its school feeding programme
to Kenya in 2019.