WFP Donates Equipment Worth US$409,000 To The Government To Fight Climate Change in Kenya

Published on 25 February 2011

The Assistant Minister Hussein Sasura, flanked by WFP Country Director Burkard Oberle, flags off the vehicles.

The World Food Programme (WFP) has donated vehicles and equipment valued at US$409,000 to enhance the government of Kenya's capacity to combat climate change.

NAIROBI –The World Food Orgnaisation (WFP) has donated 17 four–wheel-drive vehicles, computers and other equipment to the Ministry of State for Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands to enhance the government’s capacity to assist communities developing   projects to improve their resilience against the impact of frequent and prolonged droughts.

The vehicles and equipment valued at  US$ 409,000 (Ksh. 33 million) will be distributed among 15 arid and semi-arid districts namely: Turkana, Mandera, Moyale, Isiolo, Garissa, Tharaka, Baringo, Tana River, Malindi, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Makueni, Mwingi and Kitui Counties.

These are areas where WFP, in partnership with the Government of Kenya , is implementing Food for Assets (FFA) projects focusing on  rainwater harvesting. The projects include water pans, water conserving bunds, soil and water conservation and small-scale irrigation. They are helping communities improve their food security and resilience to climate change.

“WFP is committed to working with the government, communities and partners to mitigate the effects of climate change in areas that are most vulnerable,” said Burkard Oberle, WFP Kenya Country Director, as he handed over the donation to the government at the Kenyatta International Conference on 19th February.

Oberle added that WFP is gradually scaling down short term relief interventions in favour of recovery activities such as FFA, which together with the development of appropriate skills enable communities to improve their resilience and encourages them to invest in their future.

Oberle called on communities to take ownership of the FFA projects and to replicate them as much as possible to ensure that the communities are prepared for the future.

The Ministry of State for Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands coordinates development in arid- and semi-arid Districts. Its partnership with WFP in FFA projects will help build resilience among the 430,000 people in 15 districts who benefit from FFA.

For more information:
Rose Ogola, WFP/Nairobi, Tel. +254 20 762 2301, Mob.  + 254 733 501 906