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WFP Kenya Newsletter: Food Assistance to Refugees - Jan 2017

Starting in December 2016, WFP had to cut the in-kind food ration size to half to avoid a sudden break in the assistance in February due to lack of resources. This measure is affecting 430,000 refugees living Dadaab and Kakuma camps.

Cash transfers, which average 30 percent of the refugee food assistance, have remained unchanged. However, the cash resources will be exhausted by the end of February. Ceasing cash transfers would particularly affect the refugees in the recently established Kalobeyei settlement, 25 km west of Kakuma, who receive almost all their food assistance as cash transfers.

Kalobeyei is a ‘model’ settlement that would promote the self-reliance of refugees and host communities by providing them with better livelihood opportunities and enhanced service delivery.