AfDB approves Ksh 100 million emergency relief grant to drought victims

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) has approved a Sh 100 million (USD1 million) Emergency Humanitarian Assistance to people affected by drought and famine in Kenya.

On February 10, 2017, Kenya declared the drought situation in the coutry a national disaster following extreme dry spells in pastoral zones since August 2016.

These has resulted in high local cereal prices, increasing livestock mortality and conflicts that have exacerbated the impact of the drought.

Food prices are currently between 10 percent and -25 percent above their five-year averages and are expected to continue rising.

In a press release today, AfDB says the emergency relief grant approved will support the Kenya and UN’s 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 (SRF), to purchase food items as well as 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 (WFP).

The targeted beneficiaries of the food distribution will include households affected by the drought mainly widows, orphans, female and elderly-headed households without visible means of survival.

According to Kenya’s National Drought Management Authority (NDMA), the drought has worsened in most Kenyan counties with the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance having doubled to 2.7 million in February 2017, up from 1.3 million in August 2016.

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

The African Development Bank Group (AfDB) is a multilateral development finance institution established to contribute to the economic development and social progress of African countries.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) called for assistance to the Horn of Africa Countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and Uganda and requested support to Drought Response Activities in Kenya to meet the urgent needs of the affected population

Source: Kenya News Agency