Published on 17 September 2009

Results from recent nutrition surveys in various districts have been released. They indicate that global acute malnutrition (GAM) rates are above emergency threshold in the arid districts. The rates are also considerably higher than the norm for semi arid districts. The deteriorating situation is confirmed by surveillance information, which is showing a worsening situation in most drought affected areas.

WFP shortfalls for PRRO 106660 over the next six months (October 2009 – March 2010) are 315,000 mt of food or US$278 million, to provide emergency food assistance to millions of Kenyans affected by deepening drought and continued high food prices, as per the findings of the just-concluded long rains assessments. This includes the US$31 million from advanced financing.

WFP is expanding its school meals programme by 100,000 to reach nearly 1.2 million children across the worst affected areas. The Government of Kenya is also providing school meals to about half a million more children under their own school meals programme.

Some of the worst affected Kenyans have been pushed to the edge and are struggling to survive. Many have reduced the number of meals per day, eat cheaper and less nutritious foods, migrated to urban centres and taken on massive debt.