Counties Facing Hunger In Kenya And How To Help

By Jane Muia / Published April 25, 2022 | 12:09 pm




KEY POINTS

At least 3.5 million Kenyans are in desperate need of food assistance following a severe drought witnessed in the country in recent years.




KEY TAKEAWAYS


Safaricom in partnership with KCB Foundation, Naivas, Ernst & Young, Royal Media Services, Nation Media Group, Media Max, The Standard Group, Radio Africa Group, the M-Pesa Foundation, and the Safaricom Foundation has come together to provide relief food to 23 Arid and Semi-Arid (ASAL) counties.


A new report by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) shows that at least 3.5 million Kenyans are in desperate need of food assistance following a severe drought witnessed in the country in recent years.

In January, the National Drought Management Authority (NDMA) conducted a food and nutrition security assessment which found that more than 600,000 children are acutely malnourished.

The food and nutrition insecurity was attributed to several factors, including the December short rains, the high cost of staple food and low livestock prices, the Covid-19 pandemic, and the effects of conflict and insecurity in northern Kenya.

The hunger issue has been mostly reported in the most vulnerable and disadvantaged Turkana county.  This is due to a lack of adequate resources to afford goods and services, for the residents to buffer themselves and recover from the worst of the changing climate effects which have subjected the county to a severe drought.

Counties reported being at hunger risk as a result of drought include:

  1. Turkana
  2. Baringo
  3. Isiolo
  4. Mandera
  5. Marsabit
  6. Samburu
  7. Wajir
  8. Kilifi
  9. Lamu
  10. Nyeri
  11. West Pokot
  12. Laikipia
  13. Garissa
  14. Makueni
  15. Taita Taveta
  16. Tana River
  17. Embu
  18. Kajiado
  19. Narok
  20. Meru
  21. Tharaka Nithi
  22. Kitui
  23. Kwale

Many people living in these areas rely heavily on crops as a source of nutrition and livelihood, and the droughts have resulted in below-average crop production.

Similarly, millions of Kenyans from the aforementioned counties are unemployed or underpaid, making them unable to buy enough food for their families.

Despite all of this, the issue of hunger in Kenya has generally improved over the past decades. Further, many organizations continue to battle this crisis and expand food access to the millions of struggling Kenyans.

Safaricom in partnership with KCB Foundation, Naivas, Ernst & Young, Royal Media Services, Nation Media Group, Media Max, The Standard Group, Radio Africa Group, the M-Pesa Foundation, and the Safaricom Foundation has come together to provide relief food to 23 Arid and Semi-Arid (ASAL) counties.

The partnership, through the Pamoja Tuungane Initiative, calls on the public to join and donate cash or Bonga points towards achieving the goal.

Here is how you can donate your contribution either through cash or Bonga points:

To donate through Bonga Points;

  1. Dial *126# and select “Bonga for Food” where you can donate your Bonga Points

  2. You will then have the option to put any Bonga point amount or the specified Bonga points

  3. Once you have chosen your preferred option, you will be asked to input your Service PIN to complete the transaction.

For Cash donations, use PayBill 444777, regardless of your network.

Read More: How To Register and Donate “Bonga For Food”






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