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 promote their resilience and self-reliance. As it transitions from drought relief to recovery activities in northern areas, WFP is expanding its Food-for-Assets (FFA) and Cash–for-Assets (CFA) projects 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.
Purchase for Progress (P4P) is a pilot programme through which WFP is using its purchasing power to promote agricultural market development and improve market access to small holder farmers. WFP is improving the capacity of smallholder farmers to engage in agricultural markets and find secure outlets 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 district level to increase production and quality, and to encourage farmers to grow drought-tolerant crops.
Read more… http://www.wfp.org/purchase-progress
WFP Kenya has been assisting refugees in Kakuma and Dadaab refugee camps since 1991 when the country’s first camp was set up. Since 2012, Kakuma refugee camp has been experiencing a continuous increase of refugees mainly from South Sudan.Currently, nearly 540,000 refugees in Dadaab and Kakuma are receiving regular food assistance from WFP. Since 2012, Kakuma refugee camp started receiving an increase in the number of refugees, most of them from South Sudan. To address malnutrition in Kenya, WFP is providing nutrition support through targeted supplementary feeding programmes for 115,000 moderately malnourished children under the age of five years 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 Dadaab and Kakuma refugee camps, WFP is using a blanket supplementary feeding programme to provide Super Cereal Plus, a highly nutritious blended food that is fortified with extra protein and essential micro-nutrients, to some 41,000 children as well as pregnant and nursing mother.. Children, pregnant and nursing mothers who are moderately malnourished are receiving Plumpy’Sup, a nutrient-fortified, ready-to-eat food. WFP is providing school meals to about 600,500 million school children in 1,700 schools 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 730,00 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 hand-over policy. In this regard, WFP is helping build Government capacity in a number of areas such as procurement, and monitoring and evaluation, to ensure a smooth transition.