Food Aid for Drought-Afflicted Persons in Kenya

December 15, 2000

  1. The Government of Japan has decided to extend through the World Food Programme (WFP) a food aid of 800 million yen for afflicted persons in Kenya, who are facing a serious food shortage caused by drought. Notes to this effect were exchanged on December 15 (Fri) in Rome between Mr. Akira Hayashi, Japanese Ambassador to Italy, and Ms. Catherine Bertini, Executive Director of the WFP.

  2. In Kenya, the lack of rain during the rainy season last year caused serious drought. This year as well, the scarce rain during the long rainy season from April to June caused a serious effect over the annual grain production of the country, thus further worsening the damage. More than 3.30 million people are facing a serious food shortage due to the drought.

  3. Taking into account the severe food shortage among the drought-afflicted Kenyans and from a humanitarian point of view, the Government of Japan has decided to provide funds necessary to procure maize and pulses through the WFP.

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