29 June 2011
A national disaster has been declared by the Government of Kenya in the northern part of the country which is suffering one of the worst droughts in recent years – some parts of the region are experiencing their driest year in 60 years. A total of 2.4 million people in the north are receiving food assistance from WFP or the Government of Kenya because of drought. The number in need is expected to rise over coming months. At the same time, tens of thousands of refugees from Somalia are streaming across the border into Kenya every week. Most of them are settling in camps at Dadaab where WFP is providing high-energy biscuits to new arrivals before they are registered and given full rations.
29 June 2011
Around 9 million people in the Horn of Africa need humanitarian assistance as severe drought combines with high food prices and conflict to push the poorest and weakest close to the edge of survival. WFP aims to reach two thirds of these with food assistance.
29 June 2011
Meet Milicent. She has come back to the same school she attended as a child to teach children who are getting an education with the help of WFP school meals. Just like she did.
14 June 2011
High food prices over the past year and growing concern over the effects of climate change have combined to put global food security at the top of the international agenda. A growing consensus among experts and policy makers is that a part of that solution lies in the hands of smallholder farmers.
19 April 2011
Former marathon champion Paul Tergat says the free daily meals provided by WFP were the only reason he went to school as a child growing up in Kenya's Rift Valley. The opportunity paved the way for him to become one of the world's most talented runners. In 2003, he became a WFP Ambassador against Hunger. Here are the five key dates that Paul says have shaped his life.
3 April 2011
On the last leg of her five-day trip to Kenya, WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran visited Dadaab, one of the biggest concentrations of refugees in the world. While there she spoke to some of the Somali women and children who had arrived in the camps after fleeing conflict in their own country.
2 April 2011
The number of hungry people in the Horn of Africa is growing and WFP aims to assist 5.2 million people as drought, rising food and fuel prices and conflict take their toll, said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran in a statement released on Saturday.
31 March 2011
WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran is currently on a 5-day trip to Kenya that includes a visit to the Dadaab refugee camps, one of the largest concentrations of refugees in the world. Sheeran accompanies the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the Executive Director of UN Women.
25 February 2011
WFP is piloting a Seasonal Cash for Assets project to allow WFP to test whether cash is a more appropriate response than food at harvest seasons in marginal agricultural areas.
17 February 2011
Nyipher used to struggle in school. She had trouble paying attention and she’d fall asleep in class. A 14-year-old girl growing up in the slums of Nairobi, her problem wasn’t laziness—it was hunger. Then her school started serving meals at lunch and things began to change. Now, she’s thinking about college and beyond. Watch video
- Food shortage crisis in Dadaab refugee camp Source: ABC News (Australia)
- Data drip: 'Smart' handpumps send signal that water has run out Source: The Guardian
- Kenya: Floods displace thousands, destroy crops Source: IRIN
- Insurance helps Kenya's herders protect against drought Source: CNN
- Mother Rescued From Slide Into Severe Malnutrition Source: Footcircles