The World Food Programme (WFP) Regional Bureau for Eastern Africa oversees and provides support towards the life-saving and life-changing operations in nine country offices, namely Kenya, Burundi, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Djibouti, and Somalia. WFP’s activities are articulated in the Country’s Strategic Plans linked to host countries’ National Development Plans and Frameworks, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
WFP’s regional, national, local, and community level footprint and expertise have continually enabled WFP to interact with governments and communities to address food security and nutrition challenges in the Eastern Africa region. Furthermore, WFP’s operational capacity, agility, and reliable systems have supported the delivery of humanitarian assistance, particularly in the most difficult contexts characterized by remoteness, weak infrastructure, and insecurity.
In 2022, the Region was recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, albeit with increased conflict, localised violence, displacement of people, and immense climate-related shocks which left 82 million people food insecure, the highest number on record. WFP worked with host governments, the humanitarian community, other UN Agencies, international finance institutions, academia, and 358 cooperating partners to maximize an efficient response to challenges in the region. Through these partnerships, WFP responded on a massive scale, reaching 40 million people (46 percent female) – a historic high.