As the food assistance arm of the United Nations, WFP uses its food resources to meet emergency needs as well as to support economic and social development. WFP aims to save lives in emergency situations, improve the nutrition and quality of life of the most vulnerable -- particularly children, pregnant women and nursing mothers -- and help rural communities build assets to strengthen their resilience to droughts and boost self-reliance.
Kenya hosts one of the largest refugee populations in the world. The provision of vital food supplies to half a million refugees in the Dadaab and Kakuma camps represents an enormous financial commitment and a logistical challenge. Every month, WFP distributes 10,000 metric tonnes of food, at a cost of around US$10 million, in Dadaab and Kakuma. WFP is facing funding shortfalls for this vital programme and is appealing for contributions so as to maintain crucial food assistance for the refugees who depend almost entirely on WFP for their food needs.
As it transitions from drought relief to recovery activities in northern areas of Kenya, WFP is expanding its food assistance for assets (through food and cash transfers) activities, which are designed to promote food security. These activities focus on rainwater harvesting for human and livestock use, soil and water conservation, rehabilitation of degraded agricultural land and the production of drought-tolerant crops. Through new or rehabilitated assets, and the development of relevant skills, communities can improve their resilience to climate change and can invest in a more sustainable future. In 2013, some 700,000 people – about 70 percent of those receiving food assistance in Kenya -- will benefit from these projects, either through food distribution or cash transfers. Read more… http://www.wfp.org/food-assets http://www.wfp.org/cash-and-vouchers
Purchase for Progress (P4P) is a pilot programme through which WFP is promoting agricultural market development and access for smallholder farmers. WFP is improving the capacity of smallholder farmers to access agricultural markets for their produce. Capacity building involves post-harvest handling, market information systems and access to storage facilities. In implementing P4P, WFP works closely with the Ministry of Agriculture as well as with partners at county level to increase production and quality, and to encourage farmers to grow drought-tolerant crops. Read more… http://www.wfp.org/purchase-progress
To address malnutrition in Kenya, WFP is providing nutrition support through targeted supplementary feeding programmes for 60,000 moderately malnourished children under the age of five and pregnant and nursing mothers in the pastoral districts of northern Kenya. Moderately malnourished children, as well as pregnant and nursing mothers, receive Super Cereal, a highly nutritious blended food that is fortified with extra protein and essential micro-nutrients.
To curb malnutrition in the Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps, WFP gives all children between 6 and 23 months, as well as all pregnant and nursing mothers, Super Cereal Plus, a highly nutritious blended food that is fortified with extra protein and essential micro-nutrients. In addition, moderately malnourished children who are under 5, and pregnant and nursing mothers, are receiving a nutrient-fortified, ready-to-eat food to improve their nutrition status.
WFP provides school meals to about 600,500 school children in Kenya. These are the most vulnerable children living in arid and semi-arid lands, semi-arid coastal districts and the slums of Nairobi. WFP provides a mid-morning meal for all primary and pre-primary school children at the refugee camps and a take-home ration for girls to encourage their enrolment and attendance.
In the semi-arid regions of the country, the Ministry of Education is in charge of feeding another 670,000 school children through the national Home-Grown School Feeding Programme. These schools previously fell under the WFP programme but have been taken over by the Government under the terms of a gradual handover policy. In this regard, WFP is helping to build Government capacity in a number of areas such as procurement, and monitoring and evaluation, to ensure a smooth transition.