Russia has donated to Kenya 112 million KSH for WFP supplies of fortified vegetable oil
A shipment of vegetable oil fortified with vital vitamins worth 1 million USD funded by Russia in support of resilience building activities in the drought-stricken arid counties of Kenya has been handed over to the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Kenya Country Office in Nairobi.
Russia considers WFP a reliable and effective partner in implementation of the Russian funded projects to combat hunger and malnutrition in the world for many years. This contribution will form part of the food package that WFP is distributing in Kenya during this year’s lean season, when farming families typically face hunger.
H.E. Mr. Dmitry Maksimychev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Kenya, emphasized that the Russian contribution comes at a critical time when hazardous weather conditions like droughts or floods might strike Kenya and their impacts are further worsened by the ongoing COVID pandemic.
Attending the ceremony, H.E. Mr Micah Powon, Prinicipal Secretary of the State Department for Development of the ASAL, Ministry of Devolution, said that the number of people that need immediate food assistance in Kenya has risen to 2.5 million following two consecutive poor rainy seasons – the October to December 2020 rains and the March to May 2021 season and Russian aid comes very timely to meet urgent need of local communities.
WFP’s Kenya Country Director Ms. Lauren Landis said: “This contribution is very timely for Kenyan families grappling with acute food shortages in a country facing the prospect of a third successive failed rainy season”.
Russia has a long history of supporting WFP in East Africa, having donated 271 Kamaz trucks to support WFP’s logistics operations in 2014 and 2019, as well as strategic contributions to WFP’s work in Kenya.