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Head of Liaison Office in London
Gregory Barrow heads WFP's liaison office in London. Before joining WFP, Greg worked for 14 years as a TV and radio journalist for the BBC.
In Kenya, where drought and high food prices have pushed almost 4 million into the hunger trap, WFP is preparing to reduce rations in October.
For years, Jennifer Kasani didn’t have to worry about feeding her eight children – as the family’s livestock flourished and tourists bought her beadwork.
But an intensifying cycle of drought has left her family destitute. Her husband took their starving cattle on a marathon 60km trek to Mt Kenya – in a desperate search for pasture. Many died on the way. Many more have died since then.
Back home, only 20 of Jennifer’s sheep survive – just a third of her original herd – and many of them are weak and all but worthless on the local market.
And as tourism collapsed in the wake of the post-election violence in early 2008, so did her bead business.
For the time-being, Jennifer can feed her family thanks to monthly rations from WFP. But if these were stopped because of the current funding squeeze, it may not be only her cattle, sheep and goats that die. Hungry Get Hungrier As Food Aid Funding Stutters