On the road: Kenya

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We’re on the road in Kenya, where nearly 4 million people need WFP’s food assistance right now because of a drought that is turning swathes of the country into dust. Marcus Prior shows us what this means for Kenyans, how they are trying to cope and why WFP’s help – and funding from donors – is more urgent than ever.

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1. "We need this food"

9 Oct 2009

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16 Oct 2009
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Marcus Prior

Spokesperson for South and East Asia

I have lived in Africa for the past 12 years, with the last 6 as WFP spokesman in East, Central and West Africa. I hate flying, but always seems to be on planes. I think I am probably a bit too old to be videoblogging, but you can make up your mind for yourself.

"We need this food"

We’re travelling with Marcus again, this time in drought-stricken Kenya, where a hunger crisis is deepening. We meet a woman herder who has already seen most of her cattle die and who is now relying on WFP food assistance to feed her family. We also see the effect of the drought on Kenya’s famous elephant population.

What do you earn breaking stones?

You can earn about 75 US cents if you smash stones with a hammer all day. This is what Marcus discovers as he looks at what Kenyan farmers are doing to put food on the table for their families. With the drought biting ever harder in Kenya, Marcus encounters another of its effects on the verdant slopes of Mt Kenya. You can smell it before you see it.

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