The first consignment of 200,000 bags of rice donation from China has arrived in Kenya in a bid to help avert hunger challenges. According to Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, the cereal will be distributed to 17 counties which are facing severe food insecurity and drought.
The CS expressed government’s commitment to tackling food menace saying relevant bodies were aware of drought in most parts of the country and its effect on food shortage security.
Speaking at Embakasi Inland Container depot after the offloading of the bags on Tuesday, June 4, Wamalwa confirmed the government set aside at least KSh 8 billion towards its mitigation programmes. He urged county governors to allocate 2% of their budget to various emergency cases to bolster national government’s efforts.
“The same way national government strive put aside money for emergencies, we want governors do the same as our first line of defense in fighting hunger,” he said.
Turkana, Baringo and West Pokot counties have been listed as the most affected and have recorded several deaths from hunger.
The government has, however, denied cases of Kenyans dying from hunger in the country, maintaining there was enough food in silos. Even as the government put up a brave face in spite of the concerns, Global Hunger Index ranks Kenya at position 77 out of 119 countries in the developing world on food security.
The reports showed one in every three Kenyans (14.5 million) suffer from chronic food insecurity and poor nutrition annually.