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WFP Kenya Country Brief, July 2018

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In Numbers

5,816 mt of food assistance distributed

US$ 1.98 m cash-based transfers made

US$ 46.9 m six months (August 2018 – January 2019) net funding requirements

0.9 m people assisted in July 2018

Operational Updates

WFP handed over implementation of school feeding activities to the Government of Kenya in July 2018. The transition from an externally-funded programme to a fully nationally owned, led and resourced Home-Grown School Meals Programme (HGSMP) started in 2009. The Government of Kenya and WFP have been jointly working towards establishing this national flagship programme which now provides support to over 1.5 million primary school children. WFP will continue to provide the government with technical assistance and capacity strengthening support to sustainably expand the programme and realise the goals outlined in the recently launched National School meals and Nutrition Strategy.

In July, WFP reached 386,996 (47 percent female and 69 percent 18 years and below) refugees in Dadaab, Kakuma and Kalobeyei refugee camps and 3,166 (72 percent female, and 30 percent 18 years and below) asylum seekers from Ethiopia in Moyale, Marsabit County with food assistance. In addition, voluntary repatriation of refugees by road resumed in Dadaab refugee camp after ten months. A total of 5,055 (50 percent female and 61 percent 18 years and below) individuals have been repatriated since the beginning of 2018.

WFP and Oxford University recently completed a three-year study in July 2018, Self-Reliance in Kalobeyei? Socio-Economic outcomes for refugees in North- West Kenya. The new report compares socio-economic outcomes for newly arrived refugees in the new Kalobeyei settlement with those in the neighbouring, older Kakuma camps; and offers policy recommendations into how to improve self-reliance outcomes for refugees across the region.

Together with the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) and UNDP, WFP provided technical and financial support to the County Government of Marsabit in the multi-hazard scenario contingency planning. The objective was to ensure that the emergency preparedness and response systems and procedures were regularly updated and tested.