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26 August 2009

Scientists meeting in Nairobi are urging Africa's leaders to develop more sustainable models for the continent's water use. Kenya is currently suffering under a serious drought that is leaving millions hungry and stifling the country's economic recovery.
Low water levels seen at Masinga dam which produces much of Kenya's hydro electric power, 21 Aug 2009


26 August 2009

The World Food Programme has issued an appeal for more than US$230 million to provide emergency food assistance over the next six months to 3.8 million Kenyans.
The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) wants the funds to assist Kenyans who have been affected by deepening drought and continued high food prices.The following email interview was recently conducted with WFP spokesperson Julie Marshall


25 August 2009

The World Food Programme has launched an appeal for Sh17.5 billion to enable it provide emergency assistance to more than 3.8 million Kenyans facing starvation over the next six months. "Red lights are flashing across the country...people are already going hungry, malnutrition is preying on more and more young children, cattle are dying," said WFP’s country director Mr Burkard Oberle at a news conference in Nairobi on Tuesday.


25 August 2009

The World Food Programme said it needs to raise $230 million to provide food aid to 3.8 million people in Kenya facing hunger. “We face a huge challenge and are urging the international community to provide us with the resources we need to get the job done,” Burkard Oberle, the agency’s country director, said in a statement handed to reporters today in the capital, Nairobi. “People are already going hungry.”


25 August 2009

The U.N.'s World Food Programme (WFP) appealed on Tuesday for more than $230 million to provide emergency food aid over the next six months for 3.8 million Kenyans affected by deepening drought and high food prices. (..) "Red lights are flashing across the country," Burkard Oberle, WFP's Kenya country director said in a statement.


25 August 2009

Kenya is facing a food crisis due to a prolonged drought which experts say is partly the result of climate change and government mismanagement. The World food programme says one in ten Kenyans are in need of food aid.


25 August 2009

The greatest threat as the country enters the last quarter of the year is the worsening food situation that puts the life of thousands of people in danger. Fresh reports from multiple sources give grim forecasts about food security.
In the latest estimates, the World Food Programme calls for a Sh17.6 billion war-chest to fight hunger as more people enter the bracket of the food deficient.


25 August 2009

The World Food Program says Kenya is sinking further into crisis because of ongoing drought. The U.N. agency is urgently appealing for more than $230 million to provide emergency food assistance during the next six months to 3.8 million Kenyans affected by deepening drought and continued high food prices.
Many parts of Kenya have had three or four consecutive years of drought. The total failure of annual rainfall is having a catastrophic affect upon millions of people


24 August 2009

Kenya’s government allocated 9 billion shillings ($118.1 million) to buy more food imports, as up to 10 million people are at risk of “severe hunger” due to drought, said Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta. (..) The United Nations’ World Food Program said on Aug. 21 an additional 1.3 million people in the East African nation are in need of food aid. The agency is currently distributing food to 2.5 million Kenyans and gives meals to more than one million schoolchildren.


21 August 2009

THE NUMBER of Kenyans in urgent need of food aid has jumped by more than 50 per cent to almost four million, according to official figures, as the country is hit by mass hunger, as well as shortages of power and water. The immediate cause of the three-fold crisis is a prolonged drought, but critics of Kenya’s dysfunctional coalition government blame it for failing to mitigate the drought’s effects despite clear warning signs. The government was already facing public discontent over its failure to implement political reforms pledged after last year’s post-election crisis, but the food, water and power shortages are adding to the anger. Figures released yesterday by the government, the UN and aid agencies showed that the number of Kenyans needing food aid had risen to 3.8 million from 2.5 million due to the failure of the “long rains”, which normally begin in April. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) says it is the worst food crisis since a drought in 2000 and is appealing to international donors for more funds.