May 18, 2022

Gov’t To Distribute Food worth Sh1.2 billion To Drought hit Areas

Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna

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The Government will provide assorted relief assistance to the affected families in drought-stricken areas.
Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said that the government has procured food worth Sh 1.2 billion to donate in October 2021 to all the affected Counties is in progress.
“We have also mobilized another Sh1.2 billion for November 202i,” Oguna said.
He explained that monitoring activities indicated that 23 Counties were at risk of being food insecure and they have been classified into three groups based on the level of risk of severe drought and the cost of drought response.
Oguna said that Counties are at high risk of severe drought, hence requiring the high cost of response mechanisms which include Garissa, Isiolo, Kilifi, Kitui, Mandera, Marsabit, Samburu, Tana River and Wajir.
“Counties in which drought risk is moderate and the cost of response is also moderate include Baringo, Turkana, Kajiado, Kwale, Laikipia, Lamu, Makueni, Meru, Taita Taveta, Tharaka Nithi and West Pokot,” highlighted Oguna.
The Government Spokesperson said that Counties that experience a low risk of severe drought are Embu, Narok and Nyeri.
To mitigate the impact of drought in the affected Counties, Oguna said that County Governments in collaboration with the National Government has continued to truck water for domestic and livestock use, to the affected regions.
He explained that the drought, which is largely due to poor rainfall in the last two seasons, particularly in the ASAL regions, has affected both humans and livestock.
“As Government, we are committed to ensuring that the situation is effectively managed, and that assistance is promptly provided in line with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s earlier directive, that no Kenyan will ever again die due to lack of food,” said Oguna.
Oguna disclosed that the government is also going on with the Hunger Safety Net Programme, which includes regular transfer of funds to support 100,000 households, in which every household in Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit and Turkana Counties receives Sh5, 400 every two months, has been up-scaled to cover many more households.
He added that the Inua Jamii Social Protection Programme, which covers over one (1) million households countrywide, have been receiving Cash Transfer of Sh2,000 per month to protect the elderly, orphans and people living with severe disability, has provided supplemental intervention in areas experiencing drought.
Oguna said that the plan for intervention beyond December 2021 is ready, as the Government continues to mobilize resources to mitigate the situation.

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