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8 September 2009

The sun somehow feels closer here, more intense, more personal. As Philip Lolua waits under a tree for a scoop of food, heat waves dance up from the desert floor, blurring the dead animal carcasses sprawled in front of him. (..) The United Nations World Food Program recently said that nearly four million Kenyans — about a tenth of the population — urgently needed food.


7 September 2009

There will be an unprecedented delay of cash for free primary education (FPE) this term. (..) the school feeding programme is being done under the watch of the United Nations World Food Programme.


4 September 2009

For as long as anyone cares to remember, the pastoralists of Kenya's Rift Valley have fled with their herds to the fertile slopes of Mount Kenya when times are tough. (..) Millions of Kenyans are facing the same stark reality. The World Food Program (WFP) says that, together with the Kenyan government, they will need to feed 3.8 million people across the country.


3 September 2009

Prime Minister Raila Odinga reiterated that the government had mobilized all resources at its disposal to mitigate the effects of drought on 9.9 million people who are food insecure. (..) On education, Mohammed said 1.1 million pupils had been put under the school feeding programme undertaken by the government in conjunction with the World food programme.


1 September 2009

Inflation in Kenya, East Africa’s largest economy, accelerated to 18.4 percent in August on rising electricity and food costs, the National Bureau of Statistics said. (..) Food costs are more than double their normal level in some of parts of the country, the World Food Programme said on Aug. 25.


28 August 2009

Ask most students what they would like to do during the school holidays and it is highly likely that the response "More school, please" would be at the bottom of the list.
Not in Kenya, however. The country is in the middle of a drought and there are food shortages, so the offer of a free school meal is, for some, too good to pass up.
"Nowadays there is no rain and that is causing us a lot of problems," says 15-year-old Hanan Sirat.
"There is no pasture for the animals and people are not getting enough food at home."


27 August 2009

Kenya needs $230 million over the next six months to feed millions affected by drought, the United Nations said in a new report. The three-year failure of annual rains has reduced crop output, the main source of food for the country of 37 million. The drought has also affected water production and prompted power rationing in the east African nation. Kenya gets most of its energy from hydro-generation.


26 August 2009

A prolonged drought has put millions of people on the brink of starvation in Kenya and the surrounding region, the United Nations cautioned Tuesday.
Children are beginning to die as a result of crop failures and rising commodity prices, while even electricity in Nairobi has had to be rationed.
"At the moment, about 19 million people are food insecure and need food assistance in the region. That number is going up as we are not expecting any rains until October," said Burke Oberle, the Kenya country director for the UN's World Food Program.


26 August 2009

Crops have shriveled, hundreds of cattle are dead and the World Food Program said 3.8 million Kenyans need emergency food aid because of a prolonged drought, which is even causing electrical blackouts in the capital.
With rivers thinning to a trickle and mountaintop glaciers shrinking, there's not enough water to fully run hydroelectric plants. Authorities this month began rationing power in the capital, darkening homes and businesses at least three days a week.


26 August 2009

"At the moment, about 19 million people are food insecure and need food assistance in the region. That number is going up as we are not expecting any rains until October," said Burke Oberle, the Kenya country director for the UN's World Food Program.