Pan African News Agency (PANA) 2000/02/14
Kenya has sent out an emergency appeal for food aid, saying that it needs about 4.5 billion shillings to combat a looming food shortage.
The U.N. World Food Programme (WFP) launched an appeal to raise $43.4 million to buy 75,000 tonnes of food for 2.7 million Kenyans going hungry after three successive crop failures caused by drought in some areas and flooding in others.
As a result of the worsening drought situation, more than 250,000 people were in need of food aid and the number was likely to go up.
OCHA Situation Report No. 1 2000/01/19
Despite the November-December rains in parts of Kenya, the famine situation remains grave in the country.
Over 60,000 people living in the Kerio Valley of Marakwet District in northwestern Kenya are facing starvation following a biting famine in the area.