29 August 2014
Below average rains, increased food prices and conflicts, have contributed to a 15 percent increase in the number of people requiring food assistance. A Long Rains food security assessment recently released by the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) estimates that 1.5 million people are acutely food insecure and will require immediate food assistance over the next six months (September 2014 – February 2015). This is almost double the 850,000 that were in need during the same period last year.
29 January 2014
Since the outbreak of conflict in South Sudan in mid-December last year, Kakuma has received about 13,000 refugees. An average of 300 refugees daily, mostly women and children, are being received at the camp. WFP is providing food assistance to the refugees at the border upon arrival and also at the refugee camp.
9 October 2013
WFP has introduced Fresh Food Vouchers for pregnant and nursing mothers in Dadaab refugee camp in northeastern Kenya. Through this pilot project, mothers receive vouchers to buy fresh food such as meat, fruit and vegetables, which are not part of the usual WFP food basket.
31 July 2013
WFP sees the impact of support from private partners every day in the field, but it is still rare for our partners to see how their help has a real impact on the lives of the hungry. KFC employee, Jake Brewer, did just that when he went on a family holiday to Kenya and spent a day in Kibera, one of Africa’s largest slums. “My jaw was practically on the dirt,” Jake says, when he saw how WFP food was helping a mission school provide nutritious meals to hungry children living in Kibera. Here’s Jake's account of his Kenya experience that he shared with colleagues at KFC.
25 July 2013
Despite growing up in abject poverty in a drought-prone region of eastern Kenya, 25-year-old Peter Mumo has managed to get an education, go to university and land a job with good prospects. He believes the meals he received from WFP in the 1990s played a critical role in his academic success.
24 July 2013
Peter Mumo, 25, who hails from the drought-prone eastern Kenyan district of Makueni, had his life transformed by WFP’s school meals while in the 4th grade. Free to study without hunger pangs, Peter and his classmates excelled. He graduated with a degree in Chemical and Process Engineering from Moi University in Kenya and currently works as a product development manager in Nairobi. In this first person account of his life before and after WFP school meals, Peter tells the story of his triumph against hunger.
13 December 2012
Through an innovative cash transfer scheme, WFP is using mobile phones to transfer money in a fast and timely way to those needing assistance in Kenya.
31 July 2012
Jacob fled his home in South Sudan as a child and ended up in a refugee camp in Ethiopia. In the camp he remembers receiving WFP food assistance and realised its importance. He is now living in Canada, where he has established a charity through which he hopes to build schools in his native land.
16 July 2012
In Kenya, Purchase for Progress helps farmers living with HIV/AIDS sell their harvest to the World Food Programme.
27 May 2012
In Kenya, Purchase for Progress began as a pilot project in 2009. WFP aims to work with approximately 10,000 farmers by the end of 2013.
- 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
- 6 February 2014 Hungry Planet Episode 33
- 20 January 2014 WFP Assists People Fleeing South Sudan Conflict
- 7 January 2014 Hungry Planet Episode 32
- 10 October 2013 Somali Refugees Get Access To Fresh Fruit And Vegetables