Kenya: Farmers Rely On WFP To Get Through Drought

Published on 16 September 2009

Failed maize harvest: Mary Muthohi searches for small, recently planted potatoes to make a meal.

(Copyright: WFP/Gabrielle Menezes)

Mary Muthohi is among the 3.8 million Kenyans who are facing the bruising effects of drought. Yesterday she had to borrow food from her neighbour to feed her five children. The whole family had not eaten at all the day before. Watch video

NAIROBI -- Mary and her family, like many other farming families in Kenya, are facing a bleak few months. During this time, food assistance will be crucial.

This is just the beginning of Kenya’s food crisis, but the drought has already ravaged the country. In parts of central Kenya, 50 percent of shallow wells, boreholes and other water sources have dried up. People walk up to 30 kilometres in search of water.

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Gabrielle Menezes

Public Information Officer for Kenya

Gabrielle Menezes joined WFP in 2008 and is currently a public information officer for the organization in Nairobi.