Kenya's parliament okays funds for maize

Published on 23 January 2009

Kenya's parliament has given the government the green light to seek 7.9 billion shillings (about 99.1 million U.S. dollars) to buy food for the hungry citizens. The plan faced failure after lawmakers on Wednesday refused to allow the government to guarantee a loan to the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) for the purchase of relief food for the hungry. [...] Some 10 million Kenyans need food aid because of shortages and the government has appealed for emergency funds to deal with the matter. The UN World Food Program (WFP) said on Thursday it will increase food aid to 3.2 million hungry Kenyans who are facing food crisis. WFP spokeswoman Gabrielle Menezes told journalists in Nairobi that the UN agency plans to provide food aid for 3.2 million adults and infants and 850,000 school students. Menezes said the organization is currently carrying out an assessment in the affected parts to determine the extent of the famine and drought that has left about 10 million people or more starving.

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