Kenya receives Sh100m in drought relief from AfDB

Business Daily Kenya:  African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has extended Sh100 million ($1 million) Emergency Humanitarian Assistance to h...

Business Daily Kenya: 

Effects of drought on animals. Photo/File

African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has extended Sh100 million ($1 million) Emergency Humanitarian Assistance to help people affected by drought and famine in Kenya.

The government declared drought a national disaster following extreme dry spells in pastoral zones since August 2016. According to the financial institution, the situation have resulted in high local cereal prices, increasing livestock mortality and conflict that have exacerbated the impact of the drought.

“Food prices are currently 10 to 25 per cent above their five-year averages and are expected to continue rising,” the bank said in a statement posted on its website.

It said the emergency relief grant approved by the bank’s board on July 3 will support the government and United Nations efforts in providing urgent food aid distributions and deliveries of water purification supplies.

The operation will be funded through a grant from the bank’s Special Relief Fund, to purchase food items and associated costs of transportation and distribution of food rations to the beneficiaries and for administrative charges.

“All these food items will be purchased locally by World Food Programme,” the bank added in the statement. Targeted beneficiaries of the food distribution plan include households affected by the drought mainly widows, orphans, female and elderly-headed households who have little means of survival.

In February, the government said the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance had doubled to 2.7 million up from 1.3 million in August last year. This is equivalent to 20 per cent and 18 per cent of population in pastoral and marginal areas, respectively. Some 357,285 children and pregnant and lactating mothers are acutely malnourished.

Data collected by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) from 10 affected counties indicates that close to 175,000 children are not attending early pre-primary and primary schools, primarily due to the drought’s impact.

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