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9 August 2011

Kenya’s Special Programs minister Esther Murugi says she is satisfied with the government’s response in combating drought and famine, especially in the north of the country. (..) She also said Nairobi is working closely with international humanitarian agencies including the World Food Program (WPF) who she said “have been feeding 1.6 million Kenyans.”


9 August 2011

The United Nations warned Wednesday that the famine in East Africa hasn't peaked and hundreds of thousands of people face imminent starvation and death without a massive global response. (..) The United Nations estimates over 11 million people across East Africa need food aid because of a long-running drought exacerbated by al-Shabab's refusal to allow many humanitarian organizations to deliver aid in areas it controls, including the U.N. World Food Program, the world's major aid provider.


9 August 2011

Mourid Abdi Dolal and Wilson Rotich are both small-scale farmers who grow staple crops. But while one sells his produce at the local village market, the other farms to feed the growing number of refugees in Kenya. Rotich may have found purpose in a World Food Programme (WFP) led enterprise that links small-scale farmers to markets through the Purchase for Progress (P4P) project.


9 August 2011

Livestock prices have dropped by about 70 per cent in drought-stricken districts. A cow is selling for about Sh4,000 in these areas from Sh13,000. A joint report by the government, World Food Programme, USAid and the Famine Early Warning Systems Network links the decline to lack of water and pasture.


9 August 2011

When Angelina Jolie visited Dadaab two years ago, she described conditions as “dire.” (..) Al-Shabaab, which has pledged allegiance to al-Qaeda, withdrew from the capital in a move that may offer residents of the war-torn country some respite. The militant group had banned the UN World Food Programme and other aid agencies from working in areas under its control.


8 August 2011

Schools that closed before schedule due to biting starvation in Turkana South District are set for reopening this week to enable them clear the syllabus. Education department has asked teachers to reopen the institutions Monday after World Food Programme (WFP) provided food for the pupils.


8 August 2011

The government has scaled up its relief food operations in North Eastern province following the increased number of people in dire need of food due to the ravaging drought. Currently the government is providing relief to about 500,000 people while the World Food Programme (WFP) is feeding another 340,000 people across the province.


3 August 2011

Deaths due to cattle rustling is bound to go up as drought takes its toll in the country, a report shows. (..) In a report carried out by the Government of Kenya in conjunction with World Food Programme, United States Agency for International Aid and Famine Early Warning Systems Network says insecurity is growing in Turkana, Samburu and Isiolo districts.


2 August 2011

When the earthquake struck Haiti in 2010 and millions were in desperate need of aid, Americans quickly rallied support. (..) The UN World Food Programme (WFP), the lead agency fighting the famine, needs donations to carry out its relief mission. Every person in the United States, contributing even a dollar to the WFP, could ensure enough food supplies for this emergency.


2 August 2011

Famine and drought conditions will spread further across East Africa, with Somalia's situation set to deteriorate and experts spotting worrying trends in Uganda, United Nations officials warned on Tuesday. (..) Stephanie Savariaud, with the UN World Food Programme, said Ugandan pastoralists were also facing tough times. 'We are concerned about the impact of drought in the Karamoja region, in northern Uganda,' said Savariaud.