Russian Wheat Shipment Will Feed Thousands In Drought-Hit Kenya

Published on 02 September 2011

MOMBASA – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed the arrival in Mombasa of a US$ 1 million shipment of wheat flour from the Russian Federation to support thousands of drought-affected people in the Horn of Africa.

The donation of more than 1,000 metric tons of wheat flour is enough to support 100,000 people for a month, and will be used in WFP’s emergency response to the drought in Kenya. It will be distributed through general food distributions and food-for-assets programmes in arid and semi-arid areas of Kenya. The contribution is provided by Russia’s emergency management agency, EMERCOM.

“This contribution comes at a crucial time as we are scaling up our operations across the Horn of Africa. It will enhance our response in Kenya, where pastoralist communities have been hit hard by the drought and high food prices,” said Stanlake Samkange, WFP’s Regional Director for East and Central Africa, who is emergency coordinator for the Horn of Africa response. “This shipment will go a long way in helping us to reach even more people.”

WFP is currently feeding 1.3 million drought-affected Kenyans and is scaling up distributions together with the government. The latest multi-agency assessment, released last week, indicates that 3.75 million Kenyans are now food-insecure and will require humanitarian assistance due to the drought.

WFP is providing general food distributions to drought-affected families, as well as specialized nutritious food for children to fight malnutrition. WFP also supports food-for-assets programmes designed to help build resilience and improve livelihoods in areas prone to drought.

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