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United States Helping 390,000 people in Arid Counties
April 1, 2019

United States Helping 390,000 people in Arid Counties

Nairobi, Friday, March 29, 2019 — The United States Government, through USAID, funds the UN World Food Program to provide food assistance and cash transfers to 390,000 vulnerable people in the arid areas of Kenya as part of an ongoing resilience building program. In FY2018, this USAID assistance totaled approximately 4 billion Kenyan shillings. The World Food Program is providing assistance through cash and food transfers in nine arid counties. The United States also supports UNICEF for the provision of Ready to Use Therapeutic Food which is used to treat severe acute malnutrition across all 23 arid and semi-arid counties. These programs build resilience and help cushion the lives and livelihoods of Kenyans vulnerable to drought.

Please click here to see the January 2019 USAID Food Assistance Fact Sheet for Kenya, which includes resilience activities, nutrition support and refugee assistance.

Man hands sack of sorghum to another man
The United States distributes food aid across Kenya, providing both cash transfers and food assistance to 390,000 people in arid counties.